Pakistan to host Windies for next five years from 2018

The last global match played at National Stadium was the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka during the 2009 series, following which there was an armed attack on the Sri Lankan team bus, the incident that led to Pakistan being shunned by visiting teams.

"From then onwards, they will keep coming to Pakistan for the next five years and we will reciprocate by playing in the USA".

Windies will face Pakistan in Lahore on March 29 and 31 and April 1 after the tour was postponed from its initial November schedule.

"Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have signed an agreement to play a series of T20Is, each year for the next five years in Pakistan and in the United States, subject to availability of dates".

"West Indies and Pakistan Cricket Board 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 availability of dates and venues", PCB chairman Najam Sethi told media here.

The chairman lauded PSL's role in promoting Pakistan cricket, saying that the league is Pakistan's answer to rest of the world as local cricket has already started to receive the fruits of the league. "These bilateral [series] will be a part of the FTP, since we've made this agreement involving the ICC", he added.

The PCB, taking baby steps towards bringing worldwide cricket back to the country in recent times, have been under pressure to hold games in cities other than Lahore, which has hosted all the big matches so far, including the 2017 PSL final. The reciprocal series in US in 2018 will be a tri-series, with the third participant yet to be finalized.

Last month Sri Lanka became the first high profile team to play a Twenty20 worldwide match in Lahore.

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