West Indies to play three T20Is in Pakistan

Shahid Afridi has had better fortune with the ball than the bat he won Man of the Match for his 3-wicket haul against Multan. He has 10 wickets from 5 matches this season

Shahid Afridi has had better fortune with the ball than the bat he won Man of the Match for his 3-wicket haul against Multan. He has 10 wickets from 5 matches this season

Zimbabwe, a World XI and a Sri Lankan team have toured Pakistan over the last three years but all these short limited-overs series were organized at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Najam Sethi, the PCB chairman, has announced that they will visit the country in early April for a series of three T20Is, all of them to be played in Karachi. Last year, when the PSL final was held in Lahore, the foreign players of Peshawar Zalmi franchise, including their captain Darren Sammy, agreed to play in Pakistan but all the foreign stars of Quetta Gladiators backed out.

The series will represent the first time worldwide cricket will be played in Karachi since 2009, when militants attacked the Sri Lanka team bus resulting in the death of several of the security forces.

Pakistan Super League proved to be a starting point for this all, and is a statement that Pakistan can host matches and it will. PSL's final will also held in Karachi this time so it is a good initiative.

Coach Mickey Arthur will be expecting the same wisdom from his batsmen as they need another big total against Lahore who can only spoil Karachi's party if they run in form.

"I have been working day and night to conclude an agreement with West Indies which I have finalized", PCB chairperson Najam Sethi said. "That is how we intend to put Karachi back on the cricket map once again". Pakistan have played almost all their "home" matches in the UAE since then. He noted that after the PSL final in Karachi, the city would also host three T20 Internationals against the West Indies in the first week of next week.

West Indies to face Pakistan in Karachi series. This is part of our agreement with the West Indies board.

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