Pakistan confident of West Indies visit
LAHORE, Pakistan (CMC):
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said here yesterday that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) were ready to play two Twenty20 Internationals here next March once adequate security could be guaranteed.
Speaking to media here, PCB executive committee chairman Najam Sethi said he had been in touch with the WICB on the matter, and the Caribbean governing body were keen on the move.
"West Indies have asked to make satisfactory security for the team," he said.
He added: "We gave a proposal to WICB that after West Indies' tour [against] England on March 9, they can visit Pakistan between March 11 to 15."
In return, Sethi said the PCB would give the green light to a request from the WICB to play two T20 Internationals in Florida at the end of March.
West Indies recently played a full series of three Twenty20 Internationals, three One-Day Internationals and three Tests against Pakistan, but all games were scheduled in the United Arab Emirates.
The PCB had requested the limited overs games be played in Pakistan, but the move was turned down by the WICB.
The security situation has remained volatile in the country. Last March, a suicide blast killed 69 people and injured over 300 people in Lahore while two months ago, an explosion in south-western Pakistan killed nearly 50 people.
"We told them (WICB) that the security situation had improved and Pakistan Super League (PSL) final will also be played in Lahore. In this scenario, there is no reason to refuse a tour to Pakistan," Sethi contended.
"If the PSL final is held in Lahore, followed by World T20 champions visit to play T20s in Lahore, then this development will open the door of international cricket in Pakistan."
No major Test-playing nation has toured Pakistan since 2009 when a bus carrying the Sri Lankan Test side was attacked by militants. Several players were injured and policemen killed.