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.

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  • Adam on January 28, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    My mistake - Pakistan have lost a test since Providence, in Sri Lanka. Whatever, I'd love to see them shock S. Africa at home.

  • Adam on January 28, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Just a bit of trivia for - AK47_pk - ... The last time the WI won a test match against opposition other than Bangladesh or New Zealand, team Pakistan were not far away ... I think you'll find they were right there on the same field in Guyana. I don't think Pakistan have lost a test match since, and well done them, but I don't see that streak surviving the month of February. That said, good luck to the Windies; they'll need it to hang around with Sri Lanka & India.

  • giovaughn on January 27, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Pakistan may b ahead of us in the rankings but on the field i doubt there is a great deal of distance btwn the 2 sides. Pakistan have Rehman Hafeez & Ajmal but our batting i feel is slightly more stable & Roach is ahead of Junaid Khan. If the selectors would be willing to select a better 3rd Seamer we could give Pakistan a good run for their money. The last time they were here poor catching & bowling to tailenders allowed Pakistan to get away with a 1 all draw

  • Naveed on January 26, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    How can some ignorant ppl say pak nd westindies are on same level? Plz check test rankings nd when was the last time westindies won a test? ( do not count win against bangla plz). Westindies are a minnow nd pakistan is in top 4. Get ur facts right!

  • karim on January 26, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    So Cricket Board have to cancel their series because IPL is on it's way and their players are not available for their country. So called ICC the caretaker of International Cricket is caring BCCI all the way.

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    It's all about the money. The games with Pakistan/India will draw more crowds and hence more money. Cricket crowds in the West Indies are dwindling. The two Tests in the Caribbean is at least better than nothing as far as exposing WI players are concerned.

  • Faizan on January 26, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Are these 2 tests donated to Pakistan or what? I mean we already play very few test matches and when we do it is this, just 2 test. I say reduce the ODIs to 3 and accommodate another test and make it 3 tests. Where are all the greats who say tests are the real deal. Pakistan should play more Tests and so should the Windies.

  • Dummy4 on January 25, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    3 or 4 Test matches would have been more ideal as the teams are evenly matched. Last time because of poor slip catching & bowling to tailenders Pakistan got away with a 1 all tie

  • ricardo on January 25, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Another poor decision by the WICB. 2 test series is a joke thing!

  • Imran on January 25, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    What kind of decesion is this?? two test might be a chance to try some young guys and give rest to some regular guys.

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