June 1, 2013 1:24:59 am
Pakistan have decided to undertake a short tour of the West Indies in July to play only a five-match ODI series and two Twenty20 matches after the West Indies Cricket Board revised a confirmed tour schedule that included Test matches also.
Official sources in the PCB said that it had been decided to accept the offer by the WICB to play only the limited-over series on the tour. The WICB has said they will schedule the Test matches at a later date, a source said.
According to the original schedule,Pakistan were supposed to play a full series in the West Indies in July-August,but the WICB has now decided to hold a tri-series involving India and Sri Lanka and also launch the Caribbean Premier League in August,forcing Pakistan to amend their tour.
The official source also said that Pakistan would also be touring Zimbabwe for a One-day series in August. The team will return home from the Champions Trophy and then leave for the West Indies on July 7 and from there will go straight to Zimbabwe to play three ODIs and two T20 matches in August.
Later in the year Pakistan are scheduled to play a Test series against South Africa and Sri Lanka. These series are supposed to be home ones for Pakistan,however,due to refusal of teams to tour Pakistan because of security reasons,the PCB is expected to hold both series in the UAE.
The South African board has already said its players will not tour Pakistan because of the security situation and they can only play at a neutral venue.
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