West Indies turn down proposal to play t20’s in Lahore

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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has rejected the PCB’s proposal to tour Pakistan for a brief T20I series in mid-March after receiving advice on security from the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), several sources have confirmed.

The WICB has also canceled an expected security delegation tour, which was planned for later this month to assess the security situation in Pakistan.

In the report, FICA warned that the risk level in Pakistan remains “at an extremely elevated state” and also that “an acceptable level of participant security and safety cannot be expected or guaranteed”.

According to the proposal, Lahore was likely to host two T20I matches on March 18 and 19, followed by two matches in Florida, which are still likely to happen.

In 2015, Zimbabwe became the only full member team to visit Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus, which saw the complete suspension of International cricket from Pakistan.

Earlier this month, FICA also discouraged players from traveling to Lahore for the PSL 2017 final match, which is scheduled on March 5.

However, the PCB firmly adheres to its plan to host PSL final in Lahore and has stated that it will hold another draft in the end week of February to bring in new foreign players in place of those unwilling to travel the country due to security issues.

See: PSL final confirmed in Lahore

Also, On January 11, the WICB announced the complete schedule of Pakistan tour of West Indies in the upcoming April-May season.

West Indies will host Pakistan in two t20 international matches at Sabina Park on March 31st and April 2nd respectively, which will be followed by a series of three 50-over games on April 7,9 and 11 — all of which will be played at the Guyana National Stadium.

The three Test matches are also incorporated into the tight schedule: first at Sabina Park on April 22nd, second at Kensington Oval on April 30, and third at Windsor Park starting on May 10.

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