For a three-match T20I series, West Indies were planned to travel to Pakistan, but now they have refused to travel to Pakistan citing security concerns, claimed sources.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sources said the tour will now be planned next year. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board has made no official comment on the fate of the tour.
According to the source, “Some of the players were unenthusiastic to tour when the West Indies Board spoke to them. Some of the seniors like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dawyne Bravo made it clear they would not be available for the series if it went ahead.”
“Even the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) had worries despite being sent the report of the security company hired by the ICC to inspect security situation and arrangements in Pakistan,” the source added.
After several scrutiny visits and positive reports of the security experts, World Eleven had come to play three T20 matches in Lahore in September and Sri Lankan Board also sent its team, albeit, a depleted one to Lahore for a lone T20 on October 29.
“But apparently even the World Eleven and Sri Lankan team tours were not enough to lay to rest the concerns of some West Indies players,” the source said.
Then PCB however in a statement added, “West Indies have postponed the match because of the smog and some other reasons.” But then the PCB have mentioned and have given hope stating, “The series will take place eventually as the West Indies cricket board have not backed out and are committed to making the tour.