Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Itinerary of T20I series against Windies changed

Itinerary of T20I series against Windies changed

SHARJAH: Pakistan's cricket authorities were on Tuesday forced to change the itinerary of their eagerly-awaited Twenty20 worldwide series against the visiting West Indies because of the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

The revival of global cricket in Pakistan began with the final of Pakistan Super League 2 past year, which was held in Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium amidst top-notch security and was a successful event with no casualties being reported and the overseas players too were satisfied with their one-day trip to the war-torn country.

The ill-fated tour's second match saw the islanders targeted in a terrorist attack, following which global teams opted against visiting Pakistan, forcing the PCB to organise its home series in UAE.

Sethi also had a message for those doubting that the Pakistan Super League 2018 final will be held in Karachi.

"I have been working day and night to conclude an agreement with West Indies which I have finalized", PCB chairman Najam Sethi said.

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"It's a good news that West Indies have confirmed three Twenty20 internationals to be played in Karachi on April 1, 2 and 4", Sethi told media in Dubai on the sidelines of the ongoing third edition of the PSL. They will not play in Lahore but in Karachi. The idea wasn't to make money; it was to bring cricket back, so this is a step in that direction.

The three games, which were initially scheduled to be played in Lahore, will now take place in Karachi. "Karachi people should welcome this".

"We have a separate agreement with the West Indies in which we are exploring a tri-lateral series including Pakistan, West Indies and one other country, which will be played in the United States of America over next five years".

West Indies are the reigning World Twenty20 champions after winning the WLT20 in 2016 and thus the contest between both the teams looks promising.

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