Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that West Indies will visit the country next month to play three-match T20 series. PCB Chairman Najam Sethi said that board has taken bold steps to make sure that international cricket can return to Pakistan in the future.
The cricketing nation has suffered from isolation after a horrific attack on Sri Lanka’s national side by terrorists which saw plenty of players injured in the event. Pakistan has been able to host two T20 series. Zimbabwe became first country to tour Pakistan in 2015 to play two-match T20 series. The final of Pakistan Super League 2017 was also played in Lahore. World XI led by Faf du Plessis also played a three-match T20 series against Pakistan in 2017.
West Indies have agreed to tour Pakistan after the confirmation made by PCB Chairman Najam Sethi. The visitors will play all three games in Karachi on 1st, 2nd and 4th April respectively. T20 World Champions West Indies are a good side in the format and lifted their second title against England in the finals of 2016 World T20 hosted by India.
Earlier, Lahore was chosen as the venue for the series but PCB made a big move to host games in Karachi which was given by clearance after a visit made by ICC and FICA officials last month. The final of PSL 2018 will also be played at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on 25th March. The two playoff games will be played at Lahore on 20th and 21st March.
PCB Chairman Najam Sethi stated the idea of hosting a final in Karachi was move towards a step closer to reviving international cricket in the country. He said that the people of Karachi will be pleased that PSL final in the city as the last international game was played against Sri Lanka in February 2009.