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Pakistan cricket team to tour West Indies from March 27

Sun Online Desk     12th January, 2017 12:21:30 printer

Pakistan cricket team to tour West Indies from March 27

West Indies will host Pakistan for a seven-week tour beginning at the end of March, comprising two T20Is, three ODIs and three Tests spread across five venues in the Caribbean.

 

West Indies and Pakistan on Wednesday revealed the schedule which is the first Pakistan tour of the West Indies since 2013 - when Pakistan won a five-match ODI series 3-1 and swept a pair of T20Is - and their first Test series in the Caribbean since a drawn two-match series in 2011.

 

The series is scheduled to start in Trinidad on March 31 and end in Dominica on May 14.

 

However, there was no announcement regarding any agreement for West Indies to travel to Pakistan to play a pair of T20Is in mid-March, despite recent speculation that discussions were being held between the WICB and PCB regarding a possible visit to Lahore.

 

 Such an agreement would need approval from the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) as well as a security clearance, something that may be problematic after a report issued by FICA regarding player safety and security strongly discouraged players from going to Lahore for the Pakistan Super League final, confirmed for March 5.

 

The one-dayers will be particularly key as September represents the cut-off for direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup where only the top eight nations are guaranteed a place in the 10-team tournament.

 

A 10-nation qualifying event in 2018 will decide the remaining two spots.

 

Currently, Pakistan are eighth in the rankings with the West Indies one place behind.

 

Schedule

 

March 31 – 1st T20 Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

 

April 2 – 2nd T20 Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

 

April 7 – 1st ODI Guyana National Stadium

 

April 9 – 2nd ODI Guyana National Stadium

 

April 11 – 3rd ODI Guyana National Stadium

 

April 22 – 1st Test Sabina Park, Jamaica

 

April 30 – 2nd Test Kensington Oval, Barbados

 

May 10 – 3rd Test Windsor Park, Dominica

 


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