The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has made it clear that they are not bound to tour Pakistan if they are touring the Caribbean land.
A WICB official has said the PCB is just fulfilling the conditions mentioned in the Future Tours Programme (FTP) Agreement. “Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies has nothing to do with our team going across there to play matches. They are coming here to fulfil their obligations under the Future Tours Programme (FTP) as set out by the ICC.”
Earlier this week, there were speculations that the West Indies might agree to tour Pakistan but soon the WICB rejected the offer after security concerns were raised in Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) report.
Now, it has been learnt that the WICB will send an expert security contingent to observe the security measures in the country and ascertain whether touring the country will be a safe move or not and then only a decision will be taken over this. “The PCB has invited the WICB outside of this to come to Pakistan. That would only happen if we are comfortable after our security checks and whether they can guarantee the players safety. The West Indian public must understand that we would not subject our players to any danger whatsoever. Proper security checks will be made and then we would make a decision. It is not a done deal, as a responsible body we will be very careful when it comes to making that decision,” the WICB official added.
However, the WICB announced the schedule for Pakistan tour of West Indies comprising of two T20Is, three ODIs and three Test matches. The tour starts from March 31 with the last game (Test) scheduled to be played from May 10 to 14.