The slow return of International cricket to Pakistan continues with the West Indies agreeing to play a series of three T20Is in Karachi on 1st, 2nd and 4th of April 2018. According to the agreement between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and PCB prior and adequate checks and screenings for the series will be put in to place before the series begins.
“Their expert will stay back for seven days and conduct the security for West Indies series. This is part of our agreement with the West Indies board,” Najam Sethi, the Chairman of the PCB told reporters, adding, “This will be a one-off series... it will be a loss-making enterprise. The idea wasn’t to make money, it was to bring cricket back, so this is a step in that direction.”
Since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, international cricket has remained away from Pakistan. This led the Pakistani team into a forced exile to the UAE, which they have adopted as a second home. But players have always expressed their disappointment at playing in empty stadiums in the Middle East rather than in front of a raucous crowd in their own country.
Though in recent times efforts have been made to ease international cricket back into Pakistan. These include hosting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Final, Zimbabwe, a World XI and a Sri Lanka team – all in Lahore.
The port city will also host this year’s PSL final on 25th March.