Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

West Indies to play 3-match T20 series in Pakistan, confirms Sethi

Confirmation by the West Indies board has come in after a successful Sri Lanka visit to Pakistan for the third Twenty20Internationl of a series of three that Pakistan won.

West Indies will also host a reciprocal series against Pakistan, probably in the United States, as part of the agreement.

The season will be played in 2018 and Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has already revealed that his board is committed to holding the finals in Karachi next season.

The National Stadium in Karachi, which hasn't hosted any high-profile game since the ill-fated series against Sri Lanka in 2009, is now undergoing renovation work and questions were being raised about whether the venue can be prepped up in time for next edition's summit clash. "So I am hopeful that this ends the whole speculation around cricket in Pakistan".

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Sethi said in Lahore: "There were talks to play the series in November, but due to unforeseen weather, we didn't take the risk". This is not a one-off series, we have tied up with the Windies for a period of five years.

"The series in America will be a tri-nation affair which will include Pakistan, West Indies and a third country".

Sethi stressed on the need to have the big game at Karachi's National Stadium during the PSL draft in Lahore on Sunday (November 12), adding that he hoped the renovation work at the stadium would be completed in time for the event. Zimbabwe ended that in 2013 but most recently a number of high profile players toured the region for World XI against Pakistan. The series will comprise three T20 matches on March 29, 31, and April 1 and all the matches will be played in Lahore.

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