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The West Indies were supposed to tour Pakistan for a Twenty20 series later this month, but it has now been postponed to March next year due inclement weather conditions.
With heavy smog affecting the country, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi confirmed that there was no option but to reschedule the series.
“The weather conditions were not conducive so we did not take any risk and next year a full strength West Indies team will play three Twenty20 matches on March 29, 31 and April 1,” he was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
International cricket has slowly been returning to Pakistan since the Sri Lanka’s team bus was attacked by militants back in March 2009.
Zimbabwe toured the country in 2015 before a World XI, which consisted of star players like South Africa’s Faf du Plessis and West Indies’ Darren Sammy, travelled to Pakistan in September.
Following the successful series, Sri Lanka played a Twenty20 International in Lahore last month.
Sethi added that the PCB and Cricket West Indies have signed an agreement to play a Twenty20 series annually for the next five years. The first series will be held in Pakistan, while the next one will be played in the United States of America.
“Pakistan and West Indies boards have signed an agreement to play a series of T20 each year for the next five years, first in Pakistan and then in the United States subject to the availability of the venue and dates,” the PCB chairman said.
Sethi confirmed that a third team will be invited to participate in the United States leg of the Twenty20 series.