Lahore to host West Indies for three T20Is in March 2018

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Lahore to host West Indies for three T20Is in March 2018

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SportsCafe Desk

11/12/2017

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has announced that West Indies are confirmed to tour the country for three Twenty20 matches in Lahore in March next year. Sethi also informed that both cricket boards have mutually agreed upon playing T20Is against each other for the next five years.

The international cricket came back to Pakistan after the series against World XI and a one-off match against Sri Lanka and now, the development goes ahead with the next series against West Indies in March 2018. The series will comprise three T20 matches on March 29, 31, and April 1 and all the matches will be played in Lahore. Earlier, the tour was supposed to happen in November this year but due to unforeseen circumstances, the tour rescheduled to next year.

"There were talks to play the series in November, but due to unforeseen weather, we didn't take the risk," Sethi said at a press conference in Lahore as quoted by Cricbuzz.

Sethi informed that PCB and CWI have agreed upon playing T20Is against each other for the next five years in Pakistan and the USA. The reciprocal series in USA in 2018 will be a tri-series, with the third participant yet to be finalized.

"Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have signed an agreement to play a series of T20Is, each year for the next five years in Pakistan and in the United States, subject to availability of dates. WICB will send its full-strength national team in 2018 and will play three T20Is [on] March 29, 31 and April 1.

"So I am hopeful that this ends the whole speculation around cricket in Pakistan. This is not a one-off series, we have tied up with the Windies for a period of five years. These bilateral [series] will be a part of the FTP, since we've made this agreement involving the ICC," he added.

Since 2009, when militants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore, international teams have been hesitant to tour the country. It was in 2015, Pakistan hosted Zimbabwe for a historic limited-overs series, but other Test-playing nations were reluctant to play a cricket series in the country, which forced Pakistan to play their home games in the United Arab Emirates in the last few years. After the support of International Cricket Council, PCB have successfully resumed the game in the country by organizing two international events in the last couple of months which saw World XI and Sri Lanka touring Lahore for the T20I games. During both occasions, PCB arranged a presidential level of security in and around the stadium which gave assurance to fans all around the world.

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