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Pakistan's tour of West Indies split

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 25, 2013

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Mohammad Hafeez was dismissed after making 32, West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd Test, St Kitts, 3rd day, May 22, 2011
Pakistan will now only play Tests against West Indies in July © AFP

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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Posted by macadamnut 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.

Posted by macadamnut 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.

Posted by gottalovetheraindance 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

Posted by AK47_pk 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!

Posted by karim.javed 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Cricket_Man 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by amemberoftheelect23 on (January 25, 2013, 22:45 GMT)

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

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas 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.

Posted by kc69 on (January 25, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

Wow..travelling halfway across the globe for just 2 test matches.What a waste of money.If India Pak test series happen(Probably in UAE) it would be interesting to watch.But why not accomodate more ODI & T20 in Indo-Pak series instead of just 2 tests in WI.

Posted by Robster1 on (January 25, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

All that way for just two tests - quite pointless indeed.

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 25, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

I wonder if the Pak series is to give SRT a farewell? He started in Pak and might finish it there!!

Posted by Chacha_ckt on (January 25, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

They have made a mockery out of Tests! Two-test series should be scrapped permanently. WI and PK are on an even keel and a three or four test series would have been a treat for everyone. I wonder when the ICC will wake up to this...

Posted by swat1999 on (January 25, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Playing two test is rediculous, instead 3 test series is good. Test match should be give more priority than limited over cricket

Posted by HammadNasir47 on (January 25, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

why the pcb is living in a fools paradise. india will never visit pakistan. forget this, at least not so early. what will happen if india refuses again. pakistan will be left without cricket in that period. anyhow, miracles do happen. lets see what happens.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 25, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

I agree with all the comments here regarding the 2 match series. Such a waste.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 25, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

I doubt if the India tour of Pakistan will happen so quickly. Instead Pakisan should focus on their other international assigments. The blessig in disguis for the Pakisani players is that they are now playing a lot of mathes on foreign soil. This is making them tougher in foreign conditions. Although this is not a desireable scenario.

Posted by StoneRose on (January 25, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

This is ridiculous...2 test series are not worth bothering with and neither is a one-day tri-series to be played immediately after the Champions Trophy. The only bright note is the Ind v Pak series - these need to be the Asian version of the Ashes i.e. high quality, intense, attractive cricket - the opposite of 2 Test series and meaningless ODIs

Posted by Geeva on (January 25, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

3 Test would bemore suitable....both teams are on a similar level..WI bowling attack is quiet decent.WI should really ensure all International are played between Feb and April will not clash with IPL....

Posted by Saddam_Rasool on (January 25, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

2 test matches are a waste of a tour which happens every 4 yrs. Nevertheless, time for Pakistan to win a series in Westindies which they are denied twice because of ridiculous umpiring

Posted by shahzadparacha on (January 25, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

Playing a two test series does not make any sense. Minimum of 3 test matches should be played in any test series. ICC should have a clear mechanism over this.

Posted by tanstell87 on (January 25, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

why not have Pakistan in tri series and make it a quadrangular series with West Indies,India,Sri Lanka & Pakistan with each team playing other twice & then the final...that would have been a brilliant move on part of WICB,BCCI,SLC & PCB.

Posted by hammadfayyaz on (January 25, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

why don't PCB play a 3 test series in WI?

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