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Test series between Pakistan and West Indies in limbo

Bridgetown

The West Indies  Cricket Board (WICB) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)  have failed to find a suitable window for the  Pakistan to the region later this year.

Pakistan were originally scheduled to play two Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s in the Caribbean in June and July but that tour is unlikely now to go ahead as anticipated.

According to the Future Tours Programme (FTP), West Indies are scheduled to host Pakistan from the last week in June to the last week in July, but they planned a tri-series against India and Sri Lanka during that time. To avoid a clash, the WICB earlier had asked†the PCB if their tour could be rescheduled to August. The ideal  however, interfered with the Pakistan’s own plan to host India and to play out the Zimbabwe series that was postponed last year.

West Indies thereafter had also scheduled their Caribbean Premier League tournament from 29 July to 26 August.

“It’s a very tricky situation here as our first priority to play according to the FTP, they actually planned their tri-nation series within our window and left us with a choice to reschedule the series, however after a lengthy deliberation we failed to find a window to go ahead with it", says PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf.

“Earlier there were plans to split the tour but it’s not working as we want to play a full series. West Indies is an important cricket team and we have always had cordial relations with them, and hopefully we will find another window next year.”, he added.

Earlier this week, newly elected president of the WICB Dave Cameron told a  radio call-in cricket show in Barbados that the two match test series between the two countries might be abandon for  five One Day Internationals.