West Indies to play 3-match T20 series in Pakistan, confirms Sethi

An agreement has been signed between the Pakistan Cricket Board and Cricket West Indies (CWI). "WICB will send its full-strength national team in 2018 and will play three T20Is [on] March 29, 31 and April 1".

He added: "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". The first series will be in Pakistan, and then we will go to America to play the [reciprocal] series.

Pakistan will host West Indies for three T20s.

"I wanted to reveal this [agreement] so that it would become clear that the visits to Pakistan by global teams are not one-time affairs, and the five-year contract with West Indies explains our position", he said.

Having successfully hosted the final of the immensely popular Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in 2017, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is now mulling to host the final of the 2018 at the National Stadium in Karachi.

ESPN Cricinfo are reporting that Cricket West Indies and the West Indies Players Association agreed to the tour after receiving assurance that security would remain as tight as during Pakistan's recent home games against a World XI in September and Sri Lanka in October.

The series held in the United States would be a joint venture whereas the one in Pakistan would exclusively be hosted by the country.

The regional team was expected to visit the Pakistan city of Lahore later this month, but saw the tour postponed after the region became enveloped in smog.

"We have made a commitment to try our best to have the final in Karachi", said Sethi. They think holding a series in the United States is financially more feasible.

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