Pakistan, West Indies to play T20 matches in the United States
The Pakistan and West Indies Cricket Boards have reached an agreement to play a T20 international series in the United States in July this year.cricket Updated: Jun 11, 2013 17:34 IST
The Pakistan and West Indies Cricket Boards have reached an agreement to play a T20 international series in the United States in July this year.
According to sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the two boards have agreed to organise a two-match series in Miami, Florida after Pakistan team's tour to West Indies in July.
"The two Boards have also informed the International Cricket Council about their intention to play the two matches," one source said.
The source said that the Pakistan team would tour West Indies from July 7 to play five ODI matches and after that both teams would fly to Miami for the two T20 matches.
"The T20 matches will also be treated as home matches by the West Indies board," he said.
In the recent past the West Indies, New Zealand and Sri Lanka have played T20 matches at the same venue in Miami, but these have not garnered much interest because of complaints over the pitch conditions.
"But since Pakistan is involved in the series the West Indies board is confident the matches can be a huge success, and also help promote North America as a international cricket centre."
"There are big Pakistani and West Indian expatriate communities in Miami and other parts of Florida, and they are expected to show keen interest in these two matches," the source said.
The source, however, admitted that one of the biggest hurdles in the way of the two matches being held in Miami was getting visas on time for the Pakistani players.
"The Pakistan team will return home after the Champions Trophy and then leave for the West Indies on July 7. The Pakistan board has already started initial preparations for applying for US visas, which normally take a long time to be processed," the source said.
He pointed out that after the 9/11 attacks, the US embassies take time to process visa applications from Pakistani nationals.