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Windies to tour Pakistan in Nov

PCB plans to host World XI for next 2 years

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Pakistan are set to host the West Indies in a short three-match Twenty20 series in Lahore at the end of November this year, a top Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said.

"The agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board has been finalised and done and they have confirmed they will come to Lahore in November to play three T20 Internationals," PCB chairman Najam Sethi said.

The itinerary for the matches against West Indies would be announced soon.

He informed that Sri Lanka has also confirmed to play a lone T20 international on October 29 in Lahore.

"I am still trying to convince Sri Lanka to play at least two matches in the coming series in Lahore," Sethi said.

Hours after Pakistan defeated the World XI in the first game by 20 runs, marking the revival of international cricket in the country, an elated Sethi said the World XI will tour Pakistan every year for the next two years also.

"The World XI series is now planned for every year for three years. This is the first of the three series and there will be two more in the next years."

No top Test playing nation has visited Pakistan due to security concerns since the deadly attack on the Sri Lankan team in which at least six Pakistani policemen were killed.

Although the PCB did manage to bring Zimbabwe to Lahore for a short limited over series in May, 2015, those matches were not approved by the International Cricket Council.

Sethi said the tour by the West Indies is an important milestone as it would be a proper bilateral series in Pakistan and it would open the windows for the PCB to negotiate with other cricket playing nations.

Sethi said with five South African current players in the World XI side presently in Lahore, the PCB would holds talks with Cricket South Africa to consider sending the full South African team for a short bilateral series sometime next year.

"Right now we are compelled to play only in Lahore but obviously with time we will schedule matches at other Test venues like Karachi, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Multan,” he said.

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