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Pakistan to host a season of international cricket after a gap of 9 years

The West Indies cricket is scheduled to tour Pakistan later this year in November to play a three-match T-20 series. However, it is subjected to security clearance by the ICC–sponsored security expert team.

“Cricket West Indies and the Pakistan Cricket Board are advancing discussion that will see the Windies team playing 3 T-20 matches against Pakistan in Lahore in late November 2017,” the Pakistan Cricket Board quoted a statement issued by Cricket West Indies. The proposed series was earlier scheduled to take place in March but did the security situation did not allow the same.

“That tour will be subject to the safe conclusion of ICC World XI team”s three-match series in Lahore in September, and affirmation of manageable security by the ICC-sponsored international security company overseeing the security arrangements of the World XI,” Sethi quoted from a statement from CWI.

Notably, Pakistan will play a three-match T-20 series with the World XI in Lahore scheduled from September 10. The Punjab Government has assured Presidential level security to the 15 member squad comprising players from all top Test playing nations headed by Andy Flower. The team will undergo a weeklong camp before the series.

Najam Sethi, the Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board said, “This is a very big thing, September, October, and November are big months. It”s a big agenda, we need your prayers and we will open the doors and international teams will come. Pray that we keep our security solid. The Punjab government has given us the signal and preparations are in full swing.”

“Within the next 72 hours, I will announce the names of the players [in the World XI]. I have the names with me but at the moment I can say that all top players from top cricketing nations will tour Pakistan,” Sethi concluded.

However, no Test sides have visited Pakistan since 2009 after the militant attack on the touring Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore, thus injuring some of the visiting players and killing six Pakistani policemen.