A ‘full-fledge’ West Indian cricket team will travel to Pakistan every year from 2018 till 2023 for T20I series as a part of an agreement between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and its West Indian counterpart, PCB chairman Najam Sethi announced on Saturday.
Pakistan will also be travelling to the US every year for the next five years for trilateral T20I series and they will host West Indies for three T20Is next year on March 29, 31, and April 1 in the first of the ten series.
“The first series will be held in March and then we will travel to the US,” Sethi said in an impromptu press conference held at the PCB headquarters in Lahore. “This process will continue for the next five years.”
West Indies were expected to be in Pakistan in November for a three-match T20I series but the tour never materialised due to logistical challenges.
Cricket West Indies awaited for an updated report on the security situation in Pakistan from Reg Dickason's Eastern Star International. It was handed to them on November 3 which delayed the West Indian board's decision-making. The West Indies pondered traveling to Pakistan towards the end of November but the prevalent smog in Punjab did not allow them to go ahead with their plan.
“The end of March is a perfect time for the both parties," Sethi said. "We will be done by the PSL till then and it is just before the IPL. The West Indians can come here and play the matches, after which the contracted ones can travel for the IPL.”