West Indies will play 3 T20s in Karachi next month, says Sethi

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West Indies will play 3 T20s in Karachi next month, says Sethi

PCB chairman Najam Sethi announced that West Indies will travel to the country in early April and all the three matches will be hosted by the National Stadium in Karachi.

Pakistan's cricket authorities were on Tuesday forced to change the itinerary of their eagerly-awaited Twenty20 global series against the visiting West Indies because of the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. "The idea wasn't to make money, it was to bring cricket back, so this is a step in that direction".

These will be the first global matches in Karachi since the 2009 attacks on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore brought worldwide cricket in Pakistan to a virtual halt.

It will be the first worldwide matches in Karachi since Sri Lanka played a Test match in 2009 when the visiting team came under terrorist attack in Lahore and Pakistan became virtually a no go-zone area for foreign teams. Sethi announced that he has been working extensively to ensure Cricket Windies (WC) agrees on the series and they've finally inked the deal.

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"West Indies have agreed to play three T20 matches in Karachi on 1st, 2nd and 4th April", wrote the PCB chief on Twitter, adding: "CM Sindh is fully supporting this PCB initiative".

Karachi will also host the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on March 25. "Karachi people should welcome this".

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.

West Indies to face Pakistan in Karachi series. "Their expert will stay back for seven days and conduct the security for West Indies series. 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 U.S.".

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