CWI strikes five-year tour agreement with Pakistan

"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".

"There were talks to play the series in November, but due to unforeseen weather, we didn't take a risk so we will start our first series from March next year followed by the one in the USA", Sethi said in Lahore.

The series, originally carded for late November, was aborted because of severe smog in Lahore and the unavailability of the leading West Indies players, but will now be played from March 29th to April 1, 2018. The first series will be in Pakistan, and then we will go to America to play the [reciprocal] series.

"So I am hopeful that this ends the whole speculation around cricket in Pakistan".

Pakistan will host West Indies for three T20s.

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.

"What we have said is our commitment, and that we have made and we will try our best to have it in Karachi", said Sethi.

West Indies are all set to travel to Pakistan for a three-match T20I series in March next year after the cricketing boards of the two countries signed a five-year agreement.

Karachi is next in line, but the stadium there has been undergoing fix work after the PCB allocated 1.5 billion Pakistani rupees for it. Sethi visited Karachi and also conducted a security assessment of the stadium last month. They think holding a series in the U.S. is financially more feasible.

Vanessa Coleman