Stafanie Taylor has opted of the West Indies women s team s tour of Pakistan due to security reasons. @Getty

On a day when Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that West Indies women s team will travel to Pakistan after 15 years and play three Twenty20s, Windies skipper Stafanie Taylor decided to back out of the tour, citing security reasons. (ALSO READ: After 15 years, West Windies women to tour Pakistan for T20Is)

Merissa Aguilleira, Taylor s predecessor, will captain the side as Taylor will join the team in Dubai when West Indies take on Pakistan in the ICC Women’s Championship games.

While the 21-year-old Jamaican Rashada Williams received her maiden call-up, West Indies will be without the services of Hayley Matthews as she is yet to recover from a ligament injury to her knee she suffered while playing for Hobart Hurricanes in the Women s Big Bash League. (ALSO READ: Cricket Australia tells PCB they won t be touring)

The three-match T20 series will kick off on January 31 in Karachi, which will host all the matches of the series. The second and the third T20Is are scheduled to take place on February 1 and February 3 respectively. The West Indies unit will undergo an acclimatisation camp in Dubai before the series and will land in Karachi a day before the first game. (ALSO READ: Sana Mir retained in A category as PCB hand central contracts to 17 women cricketers)

The team will fly back to Dubai to play the ICC Women’s Championships matches.

Earlier, confirming West Indies visit to Pakistan, PCB Chief Operating Officer Subham Ahmad, in a press release, said, The visit of the West Indies women s team to Karachi is great news not only for Pakistan cricket but for women s cricket in general. We are thankful to Cricket West Indies and their players for trusting the PCB and agreeing to play three T20Is in Karachi.

The decision of Cricket West Indies endorses our position that Pakistan is as safe and secure as any other country. On behalf of the PCB, I would like to say that we are confident that this tour will go a long way in the complete revival of international cricket in Pakistan.”