Negotiations underway to finalise Pakistan tour: WICB

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has brushed aside media reports suggesting that Pakistan's tour of the Caribbean this year is in jeopardy. A statement released by WICB says et Board wishes to advise the media and the public that negotiations with the Pakistan Cricket Board are ongoing with regard to finalising the schedule for the West Indies vs Pakistan series to be held in the Caribbean in July," the statement said.

"The WICB remains optimistic that the tour will proceed once arrangements are concluded, and further, the WICB look forward to the much anticipated visit of the Pakistan cricket team as indeed all cricket-loving fans of the Caribbean do." According to the Future Tours Programme (FTP), West Indies was scheduled to host Pakistan from the last week in June to the last week in July, but a tri-series involving India, Sri Lanka and West Indies has since been planned.

Pakistan were originally scheduled to play two Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s. To avoid a clash, the WICB is reported to have asked the PCB to reschedule its tour to August, but this change would have interfered with Pakistan's own plan to host India and to play out the Zimbabwe series that was postponed last year. Also, the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is scheduled to take place from July 29 to August 26.