Pakistan to tour West Indies for full series in March
West Indies will host a full series, including three Tests, against Pakistan beginning on March 31, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has said.
Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain will stage two Twenty20s, to be followed by three one-dayers at the Guyana National Stadium.
Kingston’s Sabina Park will host the first test from April 22, followed by matches in Bridgetown (April 30-May 4) and Roseau (May 10-14).
Former giants West Indies rank a lowly eighth in Tests and WICB manager of operations Roland Holder said the series against number five Pakistan would offer an additional opportunity to improve their ranking.
â€œAny series against Pakistan always poses an interesting contest for the West Indies,â€ he said in a statement.
There was no word from WICB, however, on the possibility of playing two Twenty20s in Pakistan, which remains a no-go zone for top teams wary of security issues in the country.
â€œThere is an offer (from the PCB) to play two T20 matches in Pakistan, subject to Players’ Association agreement and security clearance,â€ Holder had earlier told ESPNcricinfo.
Schedule of Pakistan’s tour of West Indies:
Mar 31: 1st T20I, Port-of-Spain
Apr 2: 2nd T20I, Port-of-Spain
Apr 7: 1st ODI, Providence
Apr 9: 2nd ODI, Providence
Apr 11: 3rd ODI, Providence
Apr 22-26: 1st Test, Kingston
Apr 30-May 4: 2nd Test, Bridgetown
May 10-14: 3rd Test, Roseau