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International cricket returns to Pakistan: West Indies to play 3 T20s in Karachi

Since 2009, Pakistan have hosted just 2 T20Is and 3 ODIs against minnows Zimbabwe in 2015, a T20I against Sri Lanka and 3 T20Is against World XI.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Monday that the West Indies will tour Pakistan early next month to play a three-match Twenty20 worldwide series in the southern port city of Karachi. West Indies have agreed to play 3 T20 matches in KARACHI on 1,2 and 4th April.

Last September, Pakistan hosted a World XI in a three-match Independence Cup T20 series in Lahore, as the PCB intensified their bid to have worldwide cricket returned to the country.

The ill-fated tour's second match saw the islanders targeted in a terrorist attack, following which global teams opted against visiting Pakistan, forcing the PCB to organise its home series in UAE. "This is part of our agreement with the West Indies board", Sethi told reporters, adding PCB was unlikely to make any profit from the series.

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Morgan, Roy and Hales have already publicly made it clear they will not be available for the play-off matches in Lahore or the final in Karachi on March 25 if their franchises qualify. "That is how we intend to put Karachi back on the cricket map once again".

The incident forced Pakistan to play almost all of their home matches in the United Arab Emirates.

An ICC security consultant will visit Karachi during the PSL final and Sethi said the PCB has contracted the same consultant for the West Indies series.

In view of the increasing demand of tickets for the PSL final, the cricket board has turned two general enclosures of National Stadium into VIP Enclosures. "The details about the venues, dates, financial model will be discussed later but in principle it has decided that three countries will play in the United States of America".

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