Pakistan news April 5, 2013

Pakistan's summer Caribbean tour in doubt


Pakistan's tour of the West Indies in 2013 is in serious jeopardy, after both boards failed to find a suitable window for the tour. Pakistan were originally scheduled to play two Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s in the Caribbean in June and July, but ESPNcricinfo understands that the tour is unlikely to go ahead. The WICB, however, maintains that negotiations are still on.*

According to the FTP, West Indies are scheduled to host Pakistan from the last week in June to the last week in July, but they planned a tri-series against India and Sri Lanka during that time. To avoid a clash, the WICB earlier had asked the PCB if their tour could be rescheduled to August. The idea, however, interfered with the Pakistan's own plan to host India and to play out the Zimbabwe series that was postponed last year.

West Indies thereafter had also scheduled their Caribbean Premier League tournament from 29 July to 26 August.

"It's a very tricky situation here as our first priority to play according to the FTP, " Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, told ESPNcricinfo. "They actually planned their tri-nation series within our window and left us with a choice to reschedule the series, however after a lengthy deliberation we failed to find a window to go ahead with it.

"Earlier there were plans to split the tour but it's not working as we want to play a full series. West Indies is an important cricket team and we have always had cordial relations with them, and hopefully we will find another window next year."

In a media release, the WICB said it was keen to honour fixtures already specified in the FTP: "The WICB views in the highest regard its ICC Future Tours Programme commitments and will fulfil all such commitments to the mutual convenience of the players and teams involved.

"Negotiations with the Pakistan Cricket Board are on-going with regard to finalising the schedule for the West Indies v Pakistan series to be held in the Caribbean in July. The WICB remains optimistic that the tour will proceed once arrangements are concluded."

The PCB was hoping to host India in August this year after a successful series in India last December. However ESPNcricinfo has learnt that India have declined, citing player rest, while Zimbabwe responded positively.

Pakistan were scheduled to tour Zimbabwe for a series of two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s from December 2012 to January 2013 but had played the series with India instead. So, having the August window open, they offered Zimbabwe the option of playing the pending series.

Last year West Indies A team's reciprocal tour (after 2010) to Pakistan also fell through as the visitors were reluctant to visit Pakistan. The idea was floated to play in the UAE but due to the excessive cost of arranging a series for A teams away from home, it was scrapped by the PCB. Pakistan last visited West Indies in 2011, drawing the Test series 1-1, winning the ODI series 3-2 and the hosts taking the only T20I.

*07.00GMT, April 9: This article has been updated after the WICB issued a release

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Chandra on April 10, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    @Ken Mcmoron. Sir, please speak for your self. I am hurt as a purist myself, but I don't have a choice. Yes, the IPL is on and for your careful consideration a lot lot lot of us care. Stadiums are packed on weekdays and TRP is through the ceiling. The fare being offered is fabulous. The second set of guys you mentioned are warming the IPL benches, unable together a chance in the bull ring. Such is the standard of cricket in IPL.

  • Ray on April 7, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    This is an opportunity for the newly-elected WICB president Mr. Dave Cameron, to distinguish himself. As of now, the tail is wagging the top-dog. Test cricket, especially in the Caribbean, is now being forced to be squeezed in, between T20s and ODIs. It does not bode well for West Indies cricket, if they can't even find time and space for a two-Test home series, not to mention a four or five-Test one. The idea to build all these new cricket stadiums in the Caribbean to host the CWC2007, was a bad idea from the start. And now, that idea is looking even worse.

  • Murta on April 7, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    What is the ICC doing!? How can you have a FTP (which I assume is sanctioned by the ICC) yet they do not have an input or continue to be the dormant by standers that they always have been, allowing ACB to run them through the 90's and the BCCI through the Naughties. I think the WICB should have some stern explaining to do. How can you sanction a series and then book 2 other countries in there too!? And why is Pakistan going to Zim again? We went there less than 2 years ago, surely its their turn to tour! FTP is madness and ICC's carefree bystander attitude does my head in!

  • I on April 6, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Pakistan decided to postpone their Zimbabwe tour to play ODIs against India, and we all saw how the lack of first class cricket affected their for v SA. They're continuing to go down the wrong road, they need to prioritise test cricket more

  • I on April 6, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    @emnach I think this is Muhammad Salman, he didn't last long, think he was dropped after the WI and Ireland mini-tour in 2011

  • saad on April 6, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    yes i think u pakistani people are right we should have a batting coach but fielding is also one problem for us. Bowling coaching is a good desicion.

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    Why can't the CPL be played at the end of the year as that is when the regular Caribbean t20 is played and I agree with what most people have said here, WI and PAK should play a 2-3 test series to ensure that at least some cricket is played and leave the odis for a later date.

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    @Nadeem1976. You are dillusional. More 20/20 - please noooo. The IPL is currently on and who really cares about it? Not any genuine cricket fans. I always look at the scores of all international Test and one-day games, even matches between associate countries like Ireland and Afghanistan but not 20/20. It is little more than backyard cricket and is soooo predictable and boring. I'm more interested in the Sydney first grade grand final between the mighty Sutherland and St George teams featuring players like Nic Maddinson, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Trent Copeland and Kurtis Patterson. How much better would the game be if the "professional" players like Phil Jaques, Steve Smith, Shane Watson and Moises Henriques were playing in the grand final too and therefore supporting cricket in NSW.......

  • Carl on April 5, 2013, 21:40 GMT


    You fail to understand that their is only one REAL form of cricket, TEST cricket. Everything else is just an elaborate sideshow, no matter how much media spin is used. This is bad news all around. The ICC and test playing nations need to organise a regular T20 window, that is adhered to internationally. That way, all the silly cricket can be done and away within a one month period, instead of ruining the international calendar.

  • Shahid on April 5, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Where is ICC? What is the purpose of having ICC? Isn't FTP an ICC mandated agenda? It is just a mockery of the ICC and all the member boards who operate under the ICC umbrella. If you think these T20 leagues have spread cricket around the world then think again. Let's scrap the international cricket temporarily and see how successful these leagues are and if these leagues are able to produce the kind of cricketers that the international cricket produces.

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