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West Indies to Play Twenty20 Series for Next Five Years in Pakistan

West Indies to Play Twenty20 Series for Next Five Years in Pakistan

West Indies has confirmed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of playing a series in the coming year in Pakistan, board chief Najam Sethi announced the news in a press conference on Saturday adding that a five-year agreement has been signed under which the teams will play T20Is in Pakistan and the United States (US).

The first series is going to be held in Pakistan whereas, the next series will be played in the USA.

"I wanted to reveal this [agreement] so that it would become clear that the visits to Pakistan by worldwide teams are not one-time affairs, and the five-year contract with West Indies explains our position", he said.

"There were talks to play the series in November, but due to unforeseen weather, we didn't take the risk", Sethi said in Lahore.

The chairman lauded PSL's role in promoting Pakistan cricket, saying that the league is Pakistan's answer to rest of the world as local cricket has already started to receive the fruits of the league.

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The two teams will then go to America for a trilateral affair which will include, Pakistan, West Indies and a third country, which has not been named yet.

Sethi said the agreement with West Indies showed a confidence by worldwide sides in touring Pakistan again.

Pakistan had largely been shunned by global teams for the past eight years due to security concerns following an attack by gunmen on the bus carrying the Sri Lankan team in 2009.

Pakistan put off their three-match Twenty20 series with the West Indies scheduled later this month to March next year, citing weather conditions as the reason for postponement. The matches would be played on 29March, 31 March and 1 April as Sethi informed.