PCB confirms WI
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KARACHI: Pakistan on Thursday confirmed the West Indies cricket team will tour the South Asian nation next month as international play resumes there following cancellations by New Zealand and England over safety and player welfare concerns.
New Zealand abandoned a tour last month minutes before the start of their first one-day international in Rawalpindi, citing a security alert.
A week later, England withdrew their men’s and women’s teams from Pakistan declaring the tour could affect the players’ mental and physical health under COVID-19 restrictions.
But the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Thursday the West Indies have agreed to tour for three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches.

“PCB confirms West Indies will play three Twenty20 Internationals and as many Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matches at the National Stadium in Karachi from 13-22 December,” a release from the board said.
It will be the West Indies’ first tour of Pakistan since April 2018 when they played three T20 internationals.
The two-time 50-over world champions will be playing ODIs in Pakistan for the first time since December 2006.
A delighted PCB chairman Ramiz Raja said he hoped the series would open the way for a tour by Australia, who have not visited Pakistan since 1998 due to security threats.

“After missing out on home internationals in September and October, the West Indies tour will formally kick off an exciting and entertaining season in Pakistan with Pakistan Super League 2022 and Australia’s first full series to follow,” Raja is quoted as saying in the release.
Raja added that he hoped the government would allow the maximum crowds as COVID-19 restrictions were being relaxed.
The West Indies will arrive on December 9 and play all the matches in Karachi, with T20 internationals on December 13, 14 and 16. The ODIs will be played on December 18, 20 and 22.

The West Indies cricket team will play three Twenty20 Internationals and three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matches at Karachi’s National Stadium from Dec 13 to 22, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Thursday.

According to a press release issued by the PCB, this will be the West Indies’ first tour of Pakistan since April 2018 when they had played three T20Is.

“The two-time former 50-over world champions will be playing One-day Internationals (ODIs) in Pakistan for the first time since Dec 2006,” the statement said.

The December ODIs will form part of Pakistan’s fourth series in the Super League which will see the top seven sides and event host India qualify directly for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, with the remaining two sides progressing from the qualifying event, the statement said.


Schedule

Dec 9: West Indies team arrives in Karachi

Dec 13: First T20I in Karachi

Dec 14: Second T20I in Karachi

Dec 16: Third T20I in Karachi

Dec 18: First ODI in Karachi

Dec 20: Second ODI in Karachi

Dec 22: Third ODI in Karachi

Dec 23: Departure