Pakistan and the West Indies will now either play only the Test series or the limited overs series
Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies in July this year is set to be split into two parts after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed that they are working on a plan to host arch-rivals India for a series in August.
Pakistan were supposed to play two Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals, but with the new development having been announced, it is likely that the two nations will only play the Test series or limited overs series.
According to the Future Tours Programme (FTP), the West Indies are set to host Pakistan from the last week of June till the last week of July, but due to a tri-series they already organised with India and Sri Lanka, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) requested the PCB to reschedule their tour to August.
However, if that were to happen, it would clash with the PCB’s hopes of hosting India, thus resulting in a situation where the only option left is to split the tour.
Speaking about the successful limited overs series between Pakistan and India in December, a PCB spokesman said: “The limited-over series isn’t [just] what we wanted, we wanted long-term bonding with India on reciprocal basis, and to extend our relationship we will invite India to play a series next year in August. We will find a way to at least keep the window open.”
This limited overs series was the first between the two nations since bilateral ties were axed after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.
The PCB and Zimbabwe Cricket also agreed to cancel their series so that Pakistan had the opportunity to travel to India for their limited overs series.