West Indies to tour Pakistan in March next year

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"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 United States of America - subject to availability of dates and venues", PCB chairman Najam Sethi told media here.

The National Stadium in Karachi, which hasn't hosted any high-profile game since the ill-fated series against Sri Lanka in 2009, is now undergoing renovation work and questions were being raised about whether the venue can be prepped up in time for next edition's summit clash.

From the deep of heart we welcome the West Indies cricket team in our country.

I can confirm now that both the boards have reached an agreement under which we will play a T20 series each year for the next five years in Pakistan and U.S. subject to availability of dates and venues which will be finalised later, an online sources quoted Sethi.

The tour was initially supposed to happen in November this year but has had to be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances.

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.

Zimbabwe had a limited overs tour in May, 2015, however Sri Lanka's Twenty20 match in Lahore last month is considered as marking the end of the isolation, with Sethi telling Reuters at the time that the West Indies had committed to tour but dates still had to be finalized. This is not a one-off series, we have tied up with the Windies for a period of five years.

Sethi added that the series in Pakistan would be a bilateral series.

A third team will also be invited to US for a tri-series, said Sethi. The third participant is yet to be finalised.

The matches are to take place on March 29th, 31st and April 1st.

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