LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi on Saturday revealed that they have signed a five-year contract with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to play a bilateral T20I series.
Sethi, while addressing media at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, said that speculation about West Indies’ refusal to play in Pakistan need to stop.
“There is an important announcement; I didn’t want to delay it any further,” said Sethi. “All of you are interested in the West Indies’ tour, so I want to clarify the situation.”
“Pakistan and West Indies cricket boards have signed an agreement to play a series of T20 matches each year, for the next five years, in Pakistan and in the US, subject to the availability of dates and venues,” he added.
Dates and venues
West Indies were supposed to tour the country in November for a three-match T20I series as announced earlier by the PCB chairman, but due to inclement smog condition in Lahore, their visit was deferred to March next year.
“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. “There were talks that the series should be played in November, but the weather conditions were not good, so we didn’t take any risk.”