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Pakistan-WI Test matches cancelled

world Updated: Oct 28, 2008 19:00 IST

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The West Indies have cancelled the proposed two-Test series against Pakistan at a neutral venue but will go ahead with the three limited-overs internationals in Abu Dhabi next month, a senior Pakistan Cricket Board official said today.

"We have received an e-mail in which the West Indies Cricket Board has said that they are unable to accept the invitation (for the Test matches) because the time is too short for the series," PCB Director General Salim Altaf said.

The three One-day Internationals between Pakistan and the West Indies will be played in Abu Dhabi as per schedule next month, he said.

The West Indies is scheduled to tour New Zealand for two Test matches and five limited-overs internationals from December 11.

Altaf said that during an International Cricket Council meeting in December, officials from the West Indies Cricket Board and the PCB would meet and see whether the proposed two Test matches could be slotted into the ICC's Future Tour Programme sometime next year.

"At the moment we are now concentrating on hosting India early next year after playing three ODIs against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi," Altaf said.

India is scheduled to tour Pakistan for three Test matches and five One-day Internationals between January 4-February 19.

The postponed Test series against the West Indies means that Pakistan will end 2008 without playing a single Test match.