Pak-WI to play bilateral T20I series for next five years

PCB chief has said that West Indies have confirmed the tour in 2018

Sethi said the PCB and Cricket West Indies have agreed to play Twenty20 series for five years.

"West Indies has confirmed that its full team will tour Pakistan next year to play three T20Is on March 29th, 31st, April 1st".

Pakistan will host West Indies in a three-match Twenty20 series in March and the Caribbean side will be playing in the South Asian country every year for the next five years, the Pakistan Cricket Board has said.

The West Indies was due to visit Pakistan this month, but Sethi said heavy smog in Lahore made organization hard.

Since the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 worldwide cricket in Pakistan was suspended but recently a limited over series with Zimbabwe, the Pakistan Super League final, Twenty20 series with a World XI were all held in Lahore.

The tour was initially supposed to happen in November this year but has had to be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances.

The National Stadium in Karachi, which hasn't hosted any high-profile game since the ill-fated series against Sri Lanka in 2009, is now undergoing renovation work and questions were being raised about whether the venue can be prepped up in time for next edition's summit clash. "These bilateral [series] will be a part of the FTP, since we've made this agreement involving the ICC", he added. The third participant is yet to be finalised.

Windies will face Pakistan in Lahore on March 29 and 31 and April 1 after the tour was postponed from its initial November schedule.

Following the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009 outside the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, worldwide teams didn't tour the country due to security fears.

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