West Indies will play all three of next month's Twenty20 Internationals in Karachi instead of Lahore, a move created to put the cosmopolitan southeastern city "back on the cricket map". This will also mark another return of global cricket to the country. The West Indies will visit Pakistan for the series on April 1, 2 and 4.
Pakistan's cricket chief on Sunday confirmed three Twenty20 internationals with the West Indies in Karachi early next month, taking a giant step toward reviving global series amid improved security in the country.
The ill-fated tour's second match saw the islanders targeted in a terrorist attack, following which global teams opted against visiting Pakistan, forcing the PCB to organise its home series in UAE. The attack left six players inured and a British coach and eight Pakistanis were killed.More news: Nigeria ranks 91 on United Nations global happiness report
"Good news is that West Indies will play three games but these matches will be played in Karachi".
"The PSL trophy will be taken directly from Dubai to Karachi, where final will be held at a jam-packed stadium".
Last September, Pakistan hosted a World XI in a three-match Independence Cup T20 series in Lahore, as the PCB intensified their bid to have global cricket returned to the country.More news: Babri Masjid Case: SC fix next date of hearing on March 23
An ICC security consultant will visit Karachi during the PSL final and Sethi said the PCB has contracted the same consultant for the West Indies series. "This is part of our agreement with the West Indies board", Sethi told reporters, adding PCB was unlikely to make any profit from the series. PSL final and now three more games for Karachi as per routine. He will there to assess security arrangement for the T20I series.
"This will be a one-off series.it will be a loss-making enterprise".
"This is how we intend to bring Karachi back on map of cricket", he added.More news: Schwarzenegger threatens class action suit against oil industry