West Indies to tour Pakistan in March next year

A Pakistani soldier stands guard outside the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium ahead of a Twenty20 international cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in
A Pakistani soldier stands guard outside the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium ahead of a Twenty20 international cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Lahore
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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that West Indies will play a three-match Twenty20 International series against Pakistan in Lahore in March next year.

The news will be a big boost to the return of international cricket in Pakistan on a consistent basis after successfully hosted World XI in a three match series and Sri Lanka in a solitary T20I game earlier.

The news was confirmed by PCB chairman Najam Sethi, who revealed that there talks of the series in November but was avoided as a precautionary measure.

"There were talks to play the series in November, but due to unforeseen weather, we didn't take the risk," Sethi said in Lahore.

Sethi also confirmed that both PCB and the West Indies Cricket Board have signed a mutual agreement to play each other in Pakistan and in USA on regular basis for the next five years.

"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".

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