Pakistan in West Indies 2013 April 29, 2013

No Caribbean Tests for Pakistan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan's tour of the West Indies this year will comprise five ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals but no Tests, because of the difficulty in finding a window for a full tour. The dates for the tour have not yet been finalised.

"The Pakistan issue, it's fair to say that we haven't completely concluded negotiations or the final dates, but we're confident that will be done shortly," WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead said in Port-of-Spain. "It won't be a Test series anymore; we're going to be focussing on five ODIs and two T20s. We have just not finalised with Pakistan, them signing off on the schedule we have been provided."

The WICB president Dave Cameron said he was not happy about the absence of Tests but there was little that could be done. "I don't think we are satisfied," Cameron said. "But circumstances have dictated for this year that that's what we're able to put in, and hopefully we're going to able to build on that next year."

Pakistan were originally scheduled to play two Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s in the Caribbean in June and July, but West Indies planned a tri-series involving India and Sri Lanka, which shortened the window. The WICB had asked the PCB if their tour could be rescheduled to August. That, however, interfered with Pakistan's plan to host India and to play out the Zimbabwe series that was postponed last year.

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  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Well said Yoadie, there seems to be less and less test cricket these days and you point about the food vendors is a good one as it would allow people to come together and have a feed whilst watching the cricket.

  • Ray on May 2, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    The proposed Caribbean tour by Pakistan, is a real tragedy. First, as elicited in other comments, the West Indies are in dire need of playing more Test cricket. Secondly, spare a thought for the food vendors who were looking forward to making a little money at the Tests, by parading their cooking, into which they put heart and soul. Lastly, buiding friendships and re-establishing family ties, are to visitors, what Test match cricket, especially in the Caribbean, is all about. The burgeoning popularity of the shorter formats of the game, is doing West Indies no favors. Much less with a new WICB administration whose primary stated purpose is to, (quote): "Make cricket, the Caribbean's biggest money earner."

  • ERROL on May 2, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    It's hard not to have test matches, but you guys that are complaining do any of you pay to see a test match ? Look WI need money and in the shorter games they can make money, so that is that.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Host India???? As if they are going to come and they have a very clear policy of not playing on neutral venus. This possibly means, no tests with India and no tests with WI. I hope PCB is not so dumn that they cancelled the WI tests without confirming with India if they will tour or not. I hope that is not the case. Otherwise they could just play WI tests in August.

  • o on May 1, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Really disappointing for Test cricket and the International game, both these sides are well balance and full of incredibly exciting talent it would of made for a thrilling contest !

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    Surely 2 tests would be better than 5 one dayers, it would only take a little longer to complete and the cricket would be better to watch.

  • Carl on April 30, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Rather scrap the lot. I would prefer the players have a rest, or even a training camp, anything but a load more limited overs rubbish. Way too much of that on the calendar without adding more.

  • Usman on April 30, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Strange!!! I believe 2 tests and 3 ODIs series would have benefited all. Strange stance by Windies Board.

  • varun on April 30, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Sad that both West Indies and Pakistan which are in need of Test Matches have scrapped the matches and instead hosting meaningless T20s which are already in excess.. Would prefer Chris Gayle in whites than maroon..