West Indies will play 3 T20s in Karachi next month, says Sethi

Ruben Hill
March 15, 2018

The Pakistan Cricket Board said Monday that the West Indies will tour Pakistan early next month to play a three-match Twenty20 worldwide series in the southern port city of Karachi. Pakistan have played almost all their "home" matches in the UAE since then.

The revival of worldwide cricket in Pakistan began with the final of Pakistan Super League 2 a year ago, which was held in Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium amidst top-notch security and was a successful event with no casualties being reported and the overseas players too were satisfied with their one-day trip to the war-torn country.

"Good news! West Indies have agreed to play three T20 matches in Karachi on 1st, 2nd and 4th April", wrote the PCB chief on Twitter, adding: "CM Sindh is fully supporting this PCB initiative". They will not play in Lahore but in Karachi.

The PSL final takes place on 25th March, with Lahore host two play-off games on 20th and 21st March. "Karachi people should welcome this".

Sethi said: "This is a historic development and we are very excited about this opportunity of providing Karachi fans some top-class cricket which besides the HBL PSL final now also includes the West Indies series".

"Reg DIckason and his men will be here during the PSL final and we have contracted them to oversee the West Indies games as well", Sethi said.

West Indies are the reigning World Twenty20 champions after winning the WLT20 in 2016 and thus the contest between both the teams looks promising.

Pakistan and West Indies will play T20Is on three consecutive days after Pakistan Cricket Board has rescheduled the series itinerary on the request of Sindh Government. "The details about the venues, dates and financial model will be discussed later but in principle it has decided that three countries will play in the US".

Sethi had last year announced a five-year plan that involved the West Indies touring Pakistan every year until 2022, but in January walked back on that claim due to the costs involved.

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