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West Indies, Pakistan to play bilateral T20I series for next five years

| Updated: November 12, 2017 19:23:57

Windies, Pakistan ink five-year T20I contract

West Indies and Pakistan inked an agreement under which they will play a number of T20 series over the next five years, in Pakistan and the USA.

This was announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Najam Sethi at a press conference in Lahore on Saturday.

Windies will face Pakistan in a three-match Twenty20 series, scheduled to be held on March 29 and 31 and April 1 after the tour was postponed from its initial November schedule.

"There were talks to play the series in November, but due to unforeseen weather, we didn't take a risk so we will start our first series from March next year followed by the one in the USA," said Sethi.

He said the first series would take place with the West Indies board confirming they will send their full national side to Pakistan in March 2018.

"I want to say here that this agreement is part of our endeavour to bring back international cricket back to Pakistan in a proper way," PCB chairman added.

He also made it clear that this bilateral arrangement between the two boards was outside of the official future tours program of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Pakistan have already hosted the Pakistan Super League final in March followed by a tour by the World Eleven in September and most recently, Sri Lanka played a lone T20 in Lahore on October 29.

Sri Lanka's T20 international against Pakistan marked the first time a major cricketing nation had played in the country since their team bus was attacked, in Lahore, in 2009 - an atrocity which left eight people dead and seven Sri Lanka players and their staff injured.

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