West Indies to tour Pakistan for T20 series in November: PCB

West Indies to tour Pakistan for T20 series in November: PCB

If both the tours materialise, it would be the first time since the militants attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March, 2009 that Pakistan would witness a proper global season at home, starting with the ongoing tour by the World XI. The series will be played between Pakistan and World XI team for three T20 matches in Lahore.

While the Punjab Government is providing "Presidential level security" for the week-long World XI series in Lahore, Sethi expressed his desire to host a few games in the other cities too, notably Karachi.

Earlier, Shehzad and Azam added 102 runs off 57 balls for the second-wicket stand after Fakhar Zaman (27) provided Pakistan a brisk start of 61 in front of a big crowd at the 25,000 capacity Gaddafi Stadium.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is hoping this would pave the way for more cricket to be played in Pakistan. The World XI chase was off-tracked after the experienced Hashim Amla (21) and Du Plessis (13) were both run out, as they lost wickets with regular intervals.

"The agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board has been finalised and done and they have confirmed that they will come to Lahore in November to play three T20 Internationals", Sethi said in a television interview here.

Amla hit five fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 72 off 55 balls, but it was Perera's explosive knock which included four sixes that got World XI to the target of 175-3 in 19.5 overs.

Paul Collingwood says he feels like a "kid at Christmas" to be playing global cricket again and has praised the level of security for the World XI players on their brief trip to Pakistan. Complete revival calls for a full-fledged series, including Test and 50-over matches against an worldwide team.

He said Pakistan is "safe for global cricket".

Pakistan hopes the successful staging of this series will help them host Sri Lanka for a Twenty20 global on October 29, at the end of their full series in the United Arab Emirates.