Pakistan Cricket Board to End Isolation by Hosting West Indies
In an attempt to break its seven-year isolation from hosting international cricket match at home, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are trying to convince the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to play limited-overs fixtures later this year.
A top official said that it intended to formally invite WICB to play a couple of matches from the series in September-October in the UAE.
The West Indies are currently set to play Pakistan in two Tests, five One Day Internationals (ODIs), and two Twenty20 Internationals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in September, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) plans to ask for a couple of these games to be shifted to Pakistan.
If the West Indies agree to play, the PCB plans to pay increased fees to the visitors, according to reports.
The PCB also plan to engage the help of legendary former West Indies captain Viv Richards and former master batsman Brian Lara in helping to secure the fixtures.
One of the countries involved in the war on terror, Pakistan has become increasingly volatile in recent years, with the government engaged in fighting Islamic militants.
The volatility forced cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), to pull the 2009 Champions Trophy and also led to India and Australia cancelling tours here.
The PCB suffered a setback recently when Afghan cricket team pulled out of a tour, when 72 people were killed in a suicide bombing outside a public park in Lahore.
No major Test-playing nation has toured Pakistan since 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan squad on their way to Gaddafi stadium in Lahore to play a test match, killing seven policemen and injuring as many players. The PCB has then succeeded in getting only low ranked teams from Afghanistan, Kenya and Zimbabwe to play in the country.
(With inputs from IANS)