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The last Test series between the West Indies and Pakistan ended as a 1-1 draw
Once again Test cricket is the victim of scheduling problems this year as Pakistan’s tour of the Caribbean has officially become a limited over series after their two scheduled Test matches were removed from the itinerary.
Both the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) agreed to remove the two Tests, but have still yet to confirm the tour dates.
“The Pakistan issue, it’s fair to say that we haven’t completely concluded negotiations or the final dates, but we’re confident that will be done shortly,” WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead said. It won’t be a Test series anymore; we’re going to be focussing on five ODIs and two T20s. We have just not finalised with Pakistan, them signing off on the schedule we have been provided.”
WICB president Whycliffe Cameron was frustrated with Test cricket suffering at the hands of scheduling problems once again, but noted that there was nothing he could do to salvage the two Tests.
“I don’t think we are satisfied,” Cameron said. “But circumstances have dictated for this year that that’s what we’re able to put in, and hopefully we’re going to able to build on that next year.”
Pakistan’s tour was supposed to consist of two Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals, but due to the West Indies committing to a tri-series involving India and Sri Lanka, the tour window has become substantially smaller.
The WICB also initially asked the PCB to reschedule the tour to August, but it clashed with the board’s intentions to host India and complete their series against Zimbabwe, which they postponed last year.