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Pakistan last toured the Caribbean in 2011
Pakistan’s tour of the Caribbean, which was scheduled to take place in June and July, is highly likely to be cancelled as both the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) are unable to find a suitable window on which they both agree on.
Pakistan’s tour was supposed to include two Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals, but the chances of the tour actually going ahead have dropped significantly.
According to the Future Tours Programme (FTP) Pakistan were scheduled to start their tour of the Caribbean in the last week of June and leave in the last week of July, but the WICB recently committed themselves to an ODI tri-series with India and Sri Lanka instead.
In an attempt to salvage the series, the WICB requested the PCB to postpone their tour till August, but the PCB are refusing to do so as it clashes with their plans to host India and face Zimbabwe in a series that they rescheduled last year.
The situation has become even more dire as the West Indies are now hosting the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) between July 29 and August 26.
“It’s a very tricky situation here as our first priority to play according to the FTP,” PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf, told ESPNcricinfo. “They actually planned their tri-nation series within our window and left us with a choice to reschedule the series, however after a lengthy deliberation we failed to find a window to go ahead with it.
“Earlier there were plans to split the tour but it’s not working as we want to play a full series. West Indies is an important cricket team and we have always had cordial relations with them, and hopefully we will find another window next year.”
The WICB also released a statement saying that they were confident about the two boards coming to an agreement over the series.
“The WICB views in the highest regard its ICC Future Tours Programme commitments and will fulfil all such commitments to the mutual convenience of the players and teams involved,” the statement said. “Negotiations with the Pakistan Cricket Board are on-going with regard to finalising the schedule for the West Indies v Pakistan series to be held in the Caribbean in July. The WICB remains optimistic that the tour will proceed once arrangements are concluded.”