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Pakistan to host Windies for next five years from 2018

13 November 2017

Najam Sethi-Chairman PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) informed on Saturday that the West Indies cricket team would be visiting Pakistan consecutively for five years back to back to play a three-match Twenty20 series.

The news will be a big boost to the return of global cricket in Pakistan on a consistent basis after successfully hosted World XI in a three match series and Sri Lanka in a solitary T20I game earlier.

Pakistan hosted Zimbabwe for a limited over series in 2015 followed by staging of the final of the Pakistan Super League and Twenty20 series with a World XI - both this year.

"The WICB has confirmed that the full national team will visit Pakistan in 2018 and participate in three T20I matches on March 29, 31 and April 1, respectively", said Sethi.

West Indies will now travel to Pakistan for a three-match T20 global series in March of 2018.

The tour was initially supposed to happen in November this year but has had to be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances.

The global cricket came back to Pakistan after the series against World XI and a one-off match against Sri Lanka and now, the development goes ahead with the next series against West Indies in March 2018. "So I am hopeful that this ends the whole speculation around cricket in Pakistan".

The West Indies was due to visit Pakistan this month, but Sethi said heavy smog in Lahore made organization hard. This is not a one-off series, we have tied up with the Windies for a period of five years.

The series which is going to be played in the U.S., will be a triangular series, as the third team is not decided yet.

The match would have been the team's first return to the Asian country since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka tour bus caused it to be blacklisted as a venue.

"As we speak, the National Logistics Cell (NLC) is working overtime and they have promised to get Karachi stadium ready to host the final in March", he added.