Pakistan news December 19, 2012

Pakistan's tour of West Indies to be split


Pakistan's tour of the West Indies in July 2013 is likely to be split into two parts in order to accommodate the PCB's plan of hosting India in August for a series that is yet to be confirmed. Pakistan were due to play two Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s in the Caribbean in June and July but now they will only play either Tests or limited-overs matches to create a window for India.

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 also have a tri-series against India and Sri Lanka during that time. To avoid the clash with Pakistan, the WICB had asked the PCB if their Caribbean tour could be rescheduled to August. That, however, would interfere with the PCB's hopes of hosting India, so Pakistan's West Indies tour had to be split.

ESPNcricinfo understands that after the upcoming limited-over series in India starting on December 25, the PCB is hoping to invite India to play another series in Pakistan.

"The limited-over series isn't [just] what we wanted," a PCB official said. "We wanted long-term bonding with India on reciprocal basis, and to extend our relationship we will invite India to play a series next year in August. We will find a way to at least keep the window open."

Cricket ties between Pakistan and India were put on ice following the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai and the upcoming series will be the first in four years.

Pakistan had also sought a postponement of its scheduled tour of Zimbabwe later this month so that they can tour India. Pakistan were scheduled to tour Zimbabwe before their South Africa visit in 2013, but Zimbabwe Cricket agreed to put it off.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Shoaib on December 21, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Pakistan are an old team that has no future.

  • Harmon on December 21, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    @Saad Bin Sohail: Bro, you guys have all the support from us Ind fans but how can such events be ignored? To the best of my knowledge that SL tour was cleared after PCB promised that the SL team will be given Presidential Level Security (I could be wrong though). But in any case, in the past terrorists have never attacked sports-persons barring Munich 1972. In the case of civil war of SL with the LTTE even the LTTE had said they won't attack the teams when WC 1996 was being held and so a combined Ind-Pak team had played in SL to show it was safe to play there. One more thing, at least in the SL civil war the enemy was known. In the case of Pak I don't think the best teams of ISI know who the enemy is and why is he doing all these things in Pak. Although Taliban often claims the responsibility, why it is attacking innocent ppl is diff to understand. Thus at the moment, a Pak tour is diff though desirable.

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    i totally believe that , India should visit Pakistan for the revival of cricket in Pakistan. As a die hard Pakistani fan i would recommend BCCI to look for the cricket series in Pakistan . As it was in past , it should reoccur now at the venues in Pakistan which are dried from international cricket . Also it brings ties between in Pakistan as it was done in Past . Lets give some pat to Pakistani cricket Board who are doing so worthy work for Pakistani nation . salute !!

  • Tanmay on December 20, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Indian fan here....i dont think India will tour Pakistan but PCB is optimistic...let see what goes...but it is highly unlikely....anyways i would not be surprised to see BCCI inviting Pakistan to play a test series in India in August as India have started playing tests in India in August from last year....India doesnt have a tour scheduled during that period going by the you might see India v Pakistan in test series in India in August 2013.

  • Muhammad on December 20, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    totally agreed with Amjad. i am sure india will not tour to pk

  • Afaq on December 20, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    You never know what would be the conditions in Pakistan in the days when PCB is planning to invite Indian Cricket team. However, making such statements is really not a good idea when you are not sure. We all Pakistani people know that Pakistan has been a no go area and the major contribution in setting this picture is of the Pakistani Media. Bad things happen everywhere but way of portraying things has really damaged the reputation of Pakistan. I hope that the Good reputation of Pakistan will be rebuilt in the near future. Not just for cricket but for everything.

    For the indian fellows: We Pakistani people do not want indian tour to Pakistan, just like you want, unless Pakistan gets a clear label. So dont be tensed!!!!

  • Sabeeh on December 20, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    nobody should tour Pakistan right now. Security is a huge concern. It would be naive to think Pakistan can provide security without diverting its security forces from other places. Even then, the threat exists.

    Play in UAE, play in Malaysia, play anywhere else.

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    I am embarrassed for the people who have expressed their hopes to host India next summer.

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Do not forget that Palestine football team and Bangladesh football team also came to Pakistan, along with some low-level European clubs.

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    I don't think India will tour Pakistan in August, looking forward to Westindies V Pakistan though should be a good contest between 2 resurgent sides who were among the top in the 80's.

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