West Indies will send their women’s team to three Twenty20 Internationals in Karachi to revive international cricket in Pakistan, Cricket West Indies (CWI) said Thursday.
Pakistan hosted the West Indies men’s team last April in a country widely avoided by international leaders over security concerns following an armed men’s attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.
However, visitors will be without skipper Stafanie Taylor, who retired from the series on 31 January in Pakistan. Merissa Aguilleira will lead the team, while Shakera Selman has been named vice-captain.
“This tour is another important step for our friends at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to bring their cricket home,” said Johnny Grave, CWI’s Chief Executive Officer.
PCB Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad said the decision confirms that Pakistan is as secure as any other country.
“On behalf of PCB, I would say that we are confident that this tour will significantly enhance the full revival of international cricket in Pakistan,” he said.
The West Indian women’s team will arrive at a training camp in Dubai on January 26, before leaving for Karachi four days later.
The teams will return to Dubai for three one-day international international matches in the ICC Women’s Championship when Skipper Taylor joins the West Indies team.