WICB rejects Pakistan’s offer

K.M. Chaudary

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has turned down an offer by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) to contest two Twenty20 Internationals in Pakistan.

West Indies will play all their games against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates as scheduled.

PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said they had requested the WICB play two games in Lahore, but the Caribbean body had declined on the basis of security concerns.

International cricket has not been played in Pakistan since 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lanka team bus enroute to a game, killing seven policemen and injuring several players.

“We wanted the Twenty20s to be played in Pakistan and made an effort but the West Indies Cricket Board has refused saying they have security fears, so the full series will be played in the United Arab Emirates,” Khan was quoted as saying.

The West Indies team is scheduled to play two Tests, five One-Day Internationals and the two Twenty20s later this year in September and October.

Pakistan has been increasingly volatile in recent years forcing the national team to play all their games away or at neutral venues.

The ICC pulled the 2009 Champions Trophy, while Australia and India canceled their tours to Pakistan.

Only last month a suicide bomber killed 72 people when he blew himself up outside a park on Easter Sunday.

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