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Cricket West Indies denied visiting Pakistan for cricket series

By Aditya Pratap Arya -

Pakistan Cricket Board remains hopeful to host International matches despite West Indies' refusal to visit them for the two-match T20I series in Lahore. PCB had invited Cricket West Indies to play in Pakistan.

Pakistan is yet to host a major team in International cricket since 2009 because of regular terrorist activities. In 2009, terrorists attacked Sri Lankan team bus and since then only Zimbabwe has visited them in 2015 for a short series. Bangladesh had agreed to play a series there, but later they pulled out of the tour.

Former England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman, Giles Clarke, is traveling to Pakistan to inspect the situation for an International Cricket series in Pakistan. This can ease some problems of PCB and they are hoping that several teams will take interest in playing in Pakistan.

Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board, Shaharyar Khan said: "Foreign teams rely a great deal on the travel advisories from their embassies in Pakistan so once that changes and becomes positive only then can we expect to convince teams (to come).”

"We are the confirmed hosts of the PSL (Pakistan Super League) final in Lahore, so once it's done it will create an opening plus former England cricket head Giles Clarke is visiting Pakistan from January 28 so he will also assess the situation,” he added.

The Federation for International Cricketers Association (FICA) released a statement and said that players should not play in the final of PSL. PCB named Lahore to host the final of Pakistan Super League season 2 and have confirmed that if foreign players take their names out for the final, the match will go on as per the schedule but with local players in their place.

A Cricket West Indies delegation was expected to visit the Pakistan ahead of the proposed T20 series to have a look at the situations. PCB head Khan said about the proposed series “The West Indies board has conveyed to us verbally that the ‘thing’ is off. The West Indies players’ union is not willing, so at the moment they have refused.”

Pakistan will travel to the Caribbean to play a full-length series from 31st March to May 10. This includes three tests, three ODIs and two T20Is.

Aditya Pratap Arya

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