The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have invited the West Indies cricket team for a two-match Twenty20 International series in Lahore in March and were hopeful of a positive response from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) despite security concerns.
No major team has toured Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009 and they have since played their home games in the United Arab Emirates with the exception being a visit by Zimbabwe for a limited-overs series in May-June 2015.
Najam Sethi, the PCB executive committee chief, was hopeful of Pakistan hosting the two games on March 18 and 19, and the WICB has also confirmed that it was considering the tour proposal subject to a security clearance.
“We have invited West Indies for two Twenty20 internationals and their security team is due to visit Pakistan later this month, so we are hopeful of hosting the matches,” said Sethi on Tuesday (January 3).
Sethi stressed on the importance of Lahore hosting a successful Pakistan Super League (PSL) final on March 9 for overseas teams to start considering touring the country again. “We have decided to stage the final of PSL and once it is staged successfully that will open the way for the West Indies tour,” he said.
Pakistan were forced to host the inaugural edition of the PSL in the UAE last year.
If West Indies do visit Pakistan, there will be two reciprocal T20Is in Lauderhill in Florida, USA, ahead of Pakistan’s tour of the Caribbean in March-April.
The PCB did try to persuade the WICB to play three T20Is in Lahore before their full series last year in the UAE, but the proposal was rejected. Efforts to persuade Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ireland to tour Pakistan have also failed in the last five years.