Pakistan to Play Three T20s With West Indies in Karachi

Return of International Cricket to Pakistan

Return of International Cricket to Pakistan

Sethi had last year announced a five-year plan that involved the West Indies touring Pakistan every year until 2022, but in January walked back on that claim due to the costs involved.

A view of the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi.

This means that the short series has become even shorter and will begin on April 1 and conclude on the 3rd.

Pakistan's cricket chief on Sunday confirmed three Twenty20 internationals with the West Indies in Karachi early next month, taking a giant step toward reviving worldwide series amid improved security in the country.

The south Asian country has remained largely starved of worldwide cricket since the 2009 attacks on a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore, wounding six players and a British coach and killing eight Pakistanis. The attack left six players inured and a British coach and eight Pakistanis were killed. There has been a slow trickle of global teams returning to Pakistan since 2015, with Zimbabwe, a World XI, and most recently Sri Lanka making short visits for limited-overs games, but all of them were confined to the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore.

"Good news! West Indies have agreed to play 3 T20 matches in KARACHI on 1, 2 and 4th April", Sethi tweeted.

"The PSL 2018 trophy will be taken directly to Karachi from Dubai where final will be held at Housefull stadium", he added. Sethi announced that he has been working extensively to ensure Cricket Windies (WC) agrees on the series and they've finally inked the deal. But talking about security perspective Najam Sethi said that "They will stay for another week after PSL final and work for the security of West Indies series,".

"This is how we intend to bring Karachi back on map of cricket", he added.

"This will be a one-off will be a loss-making enterprise".

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