Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced that the West Indies would play three Twenty20 Internationals and as many ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matches at the National Stadium in Karachi from December 13 to 22.
This will be the West Indies’ first tour of Pakistan since April 2018 when they played three T20Is here. The two-time former 50-over world champions will be playing ODIs in Pakistan for the first time since December 2006. The December ODIs will form part of Pakistan’s fourth series in the Super League, which will see the top seven sides and the event hosts India qualify directly for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 with the remaining two sides progressing from the qualifying event.
The West Indies tour is scheduled to be followed by the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and Australia’s first visit to Pakistan since 1999, though the New Zealand and England withdrawals have cast doubt over the certainty of it materialising. To accommodate that tour and avoid a clash with the IPL in April, the PCB brought forward the dates of the PSL to January-February from its usual February-March slot.
Speaking about West Indies’ tour to Pakistan, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said: “After missing out on home internationals in September and October, the West Indies tour will formally kick-off of an exciting and entertaining season of men’s international cricket in Pakistan with HBL Pakistan Super League 2022 and Australia’s first full series to follow. “The West Indies have always remained one of Pakistan cricket fans’ favourite sides. I am hopeful that the NCOC will support this series by allowing maximum crowds so that the fans may watch live in action their favourite players and back both the sides.