Pakistan defeated West Indies in the ODI as well as T20I series in 2017 © Getty Images
Pakistan defeated West Indies in the ODI as well as T20I series in 2017 © Getty Images

PCB and Cricket West Indies (CWI) had signed a five-year deal on November 2017 that mentioned they will be playing three-match T20I series every year in Pakistan and triangular series in the United States. However, looks like PCB Chairman Najam Sethi has taken a U-turn from his words as he mentioned it was a cost-effective option. However, he did say that the first series between the two nations was very much on to take place on March 2018. The games were to be played in November. But due to the climatic conditions and logistical challenges, the tour was postponed.

Pakistan have successfully held the matches against World XI and Sri Lanka so far. However, the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) had sought a security and risk assessment from Eastern Star International (ESI), an independent security firm owned by security expert Reg Dickason. They gave a green signal after the security check and the tournament will be held as per schedule.

In a press conference, Sethi confirmed the series for this year and even mentioned about the triangular series that will be held at Florida.

On current T20I series

“It’s on so far, and by that, I mean even the dates are final. Earlier, we had a plan that West Indies would come here every single year and we would go to America to play a triangular series. But when we did our calculations, we found out that matches here are loss-making and they (West Indies) thought it would be a profit-making. The reason is the high production cost and player cost,” as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

On change of MoU

“A full series would probably make a difference, but with three games, we do not get enough sponsors. So then the West Indies said if we don’t get anything from this tour, then let’s just go with a one-off series and play a triangular series in Florida which is profitable for all. So, a new MoU is being prepared that will not affect the series in March, and the arrangements for that are going well.”