West Indies turns down offer to tour Pakistan

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LAHORE – West Indies have reportedly refused on Friday to tour to Pakistan as none of the players are ready to play there and they will not even send their security delegation to inspect the security conditions of the country.

As per ARY report, West Indian journalist confirmed that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had written a letter to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) regarding refusal of touring Pakistan.

Earlier, Chairman of PCB’s Executive Committee, Najam Sethi had informally offered WICB to play two T20s in Lahore in March this year.

They are third major team Sri Lanka and Ireland to decline to tour Pakistan.

According to the West Indies’ media, the WICB has stated that they are a part of Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) and they trust their report.

“FICA had vehemently opposed to the tour, but after the PCB rejected their report and called them contrary, FICA once again stressed the players not to go to Pakistan,” said sources.

Earlier, FICA stated in a report that the risk level in Pakistan is “at an extremely elevated state” and that “an acceptable standard of participant security and safety cannot be expected or guaranteed.”

However, PCB bashed these comments from FICA in their press release, where they coined their attitude as careless and cavalier.

PCB said in the press release, “FICA has done the great disservice to the cause of cricket in general and Pakistan cricket in particular by advising players not to play in the PSL final in Lahore next March because of ‘security reasons’.”

Independent analysts said PCB wD doing haste in the matter and although Pakistan is getting better but travel advice of most of the European countries, USA and Australia are still negative.

Giles Clarke, chairman of Pakistan Task Team, is due to tour Pakistan on January 28 to assess the situation in Pakistan.

It was Giles who famously said in 2013 that international cricket should only return to Pakistan two years after the last bomb blast.

Pakistan Cricket Board is hoping to hold the final of the second edition of the Pakistan Super League in Lahore on March 7, 2017.

Pakistan has been deprived of international cricket action since Sri Lankan team was attacked in Lahore in 2009.

 

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