No tests for Pakistan’s tour of the Caribbean

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Muirhead made the announcement in Port-of-Spain over the weekend following a board meeting, the first since Dave Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan were elected as WICB president and vice-president respectively last month.

West Indies are scheduled to play five One Day Internationals and Two T20s against Pakistan however the dates are yet to be finalized.

“The Pakistan issue, it’s fair to say that we haven’t completely concluded negotiations or the final dates, but we’re confident that will be done shortly,” Muirhead told reporters.

“It won’t be a Test series anymore; we’re going to be focusing on five ODIs and two T20s. We have just not finalized with Pakistan, them signing off on the schedule we have been provided.”

Muirhead’s announcement means that West Indies will have played a total of four Tests by the end of this year, including Tests away to New Zealand in December 2013.

Earlier this month, PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, blamed West Indies’ upcoming tri-nation series—also involving India and Sri Lanka—starting in June, for creating difficulty in finding a window for the Tests.

New WICB President Dave Cameron who also attended the news conference said he was not pleased about the number of Tests allocated to the regional team.

“I don’t think we are satisfied,” said Cameron.                                                              

“But circumstances have dictated for this year that that’s what we’re able to put in, and hopefully we’re going to able to build on that next year.”


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