Windies tour dates revised to April: Sethi

KARACHI, Pakistan, CMC – The Pakistan Cricket Board has revised the dates for the West Indies series, with all three Twenty20s now carded for April.

Initially, the tour was expected to run from March 29 to April 1 in Lahore but PCB chairman Najam Sethi announced yesterday that the Caribbean side would now play matches on April 1, 2 and 4 at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Despite the agreement to play all games in Lahore, Sethi said he was still hopeful of having a match staged in Karachi.

“The West Indian Cricket Board (Cricket West Indies) have signed a contract to play three matches in Lahore, but I will try to convince the board to play at least one match in Karachi,” Sethi told media here at the National Stadium.

Though the PCB has given regular updates on the proposed tour, CWI are yet to make an announcement.

A similar three-match series had been originally scheduled for last September but was scrapped because of heavy smog and the unavailability of key West Indies players because of the Bangladesh Premier League.

West Indies to play T20 series in Pakistan in April.

The PCB said last month the reciprocal tour against West Indies would be staged in the United States, with a T20 International being played for the first time in Houston, Texas and the remaining games at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

Starved of international cricket since a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 left several members of the security forces dead, Pakistan has been lobbying major sides to resume tours of the country.

The PCB hopes the series against the Windies – the reigning T20 World champions – will open the door to similar tours by other sides.

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