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West Indies to tour Pakistan for three T20Is in November
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West Indies to tour Pakistan for three T20Is in November

West Indies will tour Pakistan for a three-match T20I series in Lahore in the last week of November, PCB chairman Najam Sethi announced on Monday.

The series will be subject to the success of ICC World XI’s tour of Pakistan that is scheduled to be held in the second week of September.

"The Punjab government has given us a green signal and the preparations are in full-swing," the new PCB chairman said while talking about the ICC World XI tour. "This is a very big thing. It's a big agenda, we need your prayers and we will open the doors and international teams will come."

Andy Flower will be the manager of the 15-member ICC World XI squad, to be announced in the next two-three days, that will train for seven days in Dubai before the series which begins on September 10.

The World XI series had been in talks after the PCB organised the final of the second edition of the PSL successfully in Lahore earlier this year.

ECB president Giles Clarke, who heads ICC's task force on Pakistan, had promised to bring in a World XI team, comprising of top current performers, to help Pakistan host international cricket on its soil again.

If the World XI’s tour is carried out smoothly, it will see Pakistan host a season of cricket in nearly nine years.

"The tour [of West Indies] would be subject to the safe conclusion of the 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," a Cricket West Indies statement said that was read out by Sethi.

Sri Lanka would tour Pakistan, also subject to the success of the ICC World XI series, for one or two T20Is in the month of October at the end of a full series, which commences in the last week of September, between the two countries in the United Arab Emirates.

Since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009, Zimbabwe is the only Test nation to have toured Pakistan.

Players allowed to return to CPL and County season

The PCB chairman also told the reporters that 13 cricketers recalled from the Caribbean Premier League and the County season will be allowed to join back their respective teams after their fitness test, a part of a training camp under head coach Mickey Arthur, at the NCA from August 22 till August 24

"The World XI series was not officially confirmed when we set the dates for our domestic tournament," Sethi said.

"That series [World XI] falls right in the middle of when our [National T20] competition would have been played. Then there's a by-election and after that the team has to go to the UAE, so the competition was squeezed out."

The PCB in a release last week had said that the players were being called back due to the ICC World XI series mid-September. The release also said that the players were issued the No-objection Certificates subject to their return if the World XI tour was confirmed in the second week of September.

To prepare the players for the series, the PCB had planned a National T20 Cup from the last week of August in Multan and Faisalabad.

However, the tournament will now be held in the first half of November in Faisalabad.

“We have now moved it [National T20 Cup] to November. An added advantage of this arrangement is that our players who are taking part in the CPL and other county will be able to take full part in those tournaments. This will make the players happy too, as well as the CPL."