Pakistan news January 25, 2013

Pakistan's tour of West Indies split

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan will play two Tests in West Indies in July, while the limited-overs leg of the tour has been deferred to a later date in the Future Tours Programmes cycle for which the dates have not been decided yet. The decision was taken by the WICB in a meeting held recently. Pakistan were originally scheduled to play the Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s in the Caribbean in June and July.

The tour has been split because Pakistan plans to host India in August for a series that is yet to be confirmed, and West Indies are to host Sri Lanka and India for a one-day tri-series to be played immediately after the Champions Trophy. In order to avoid a clash in dates, the WICB had asked the PCB to reschedule their tour.

In order to accommodate the tri-series with Sri Lanka and India, West Indies also scrapped the two Tests they were scheduled to play with Sri Lanka in May, which was also clashing with the IPL.

Pakistan last toured West Indies in 2011 for one Twenty 20, five ODIs and two Tests.