World T20 champions West Indies have refused to tour Pakistan due to security concerns according to PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan.
Pakistan are due to host the West Indies in two Tests, five one-day and two Twenty20 internationals in September and October this year. Pakistan wanted to host the T20 series in Pakistan while the rest of the series would be held in the United Arab Emirates. UAE has been a host for Pakistan’s home games since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team.
Shahryar Khan said: “We wanted the Twenty20s to be played in Pakistan and made an effort but the West Indies Cricket Board have refused to say they have security fears, so the full series will be played in (the) United Arab Emirates.”
The West Indies’ refusal came after a suicide bomber killed 73 people in a park in Lahore on Easter Sunday last month. Since 2009, Pakistan has only hosted Afghanistan, Kenya and Zimbabwe at home. Zimbabwe toured Pakistan last May to play limited over games in Lahore, which raised some hopes of International cricket in the troubled country. But the recent turn of events has made the situation tough for any country to allow their players to play in Pakistan.
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