Tuesday, 9 April 2013

WICB is ready, but PCB is not

By Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: Although the Pakistan tour to the West Indies in coming July was part of the International Cricket Council’s FTP, however the recent ambiguous signals from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) provoked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to shift to a contingency plan.

“The WICB was planning to host India and Sri Lanka for a tri-nation series during the period, and wanted to reschedule Pakistan’s tour”, a PCB source revealed to this correspondent

“Now we have scheduled some of our old test series pending with Zimbabwe in this window”, the source added

The Pakistan Cricket team was due to play two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20 matches against Zimbabwe - in December last year - but the trip was postponed as the dates were clashing with the Indian trip.

On the other hand, a new development suggests that the WICB was still optimistic about hosting Pakistan. A statement on the WICB website says “WICB looks forward to the much anticipated visit of the Pakistan Cricket Team as indeed all cricket-loving fans of the Caribbean do”

“Once all arrangements are finalized they will be announced to the media and public in the usual manner and at the earliest opportunity”, added WICB

The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif

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