West Indies’ tour of Pakistan called off

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West Indies have refused to tour Pakistan for a cricket series

Pakistan’s wait to host a major cricketing team for a cricket series just got longer as the West Indies Cricket Board refused to send its team for the proposed two-match T20 International series. No major team has travelled to Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009 a short limited-overs tour by Zimbabwe in 2015 the exception and they have played all their home fixtures in the United Arab Emirates in recent years.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had invited West Indies to Lahore for the two games, on consecutive days, after the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final, which might be held in Lahore on March 9.
However, Shaharyar Khan, the PCB chairman, said on Saturday (January 14) that the plan has been cancelled. “The West Indies board have conveyed to us verbally that the thing is off,” AFP reported him as saying. “The West Indies players’ union is not willing, so at the moment they have refused.”
Cricket officials in Pakistan are now hoping that a successful and incident-free PSL final will encourage foreign teams to consider competing again in the country. “We are the confirmed hosts of the PSL final in Lahore, so once it’s done it will create an opening, plus former England cricket head Giles Clarke is visiting Pakistan from January 28 so he will also assess the situation,” said Khan.
“Foreign teams rely a great deal on the travel advisories from their embassies in Pakistan so once that changes and becomes positive only then we can expect to convince teams (to come).”

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