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Windies Shun Pakistan’s T20Is Proposal

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Following investigations by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and security advice from the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA), the regional board has reportedly rejected the Pakistan Cricket Board’s proposal for a T20Is tour to that country.

It is also understood that the players’ representative body, West Indies Players Association (WIPA) wrote to FICA seeking advice on the current security situation in Pakistan.

FICA, in its reply, warned that the risk level in Pakistan remains “at an extremely elevated state” and that “an acceptable level of participant security and safety cannot be expected or guaranteed”.

According to the proposal, Lahore was likely to host the two matches on March 18 and 19, followed by two matches in Florida, which are still being discussed and are likely to go ahead.

Most international sides have stayed away from Pakistan since an Islamist militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009.

In 2015, Pakistan hosted minnows Zimbabwe for a short limited-overs series — three one-day internationals and as many Twenty20s, however, security experts are yet to be convinced of the safety of players in the country.

“I know that the Pakistan government and the Pakistan Cricket Board are doing whatever they can to try and persuade the people and make the security situation better in Pakistan. Pretty soon we`ll get to a situation where teams are willing to play international cricket in Pakistan,” said David Richardson, chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in a recent press report.

He also noted then that security experts and consultants were responsible for advising the players and teams and as such falls outside the purview of the ICC.

 Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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