Pakistan’s tour of West Indies this year is unlikely to go ahead according to the planned schedule as boards of both countries failed to find a suitable window, a report published in the ESPNcricinfo said.

[caption id="attachment_303" align="alignright" width="277"]PCB would find another window next year PCB would find another window next year[/caption]

Both teams, according to ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP), are scheduled to play two Tests, five one-dayers and two T20s in the Caribbean from the last week in June to the last week in July. But West Indies planned a tri-nation series against Sri Lanka and India during the same period.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had earlier asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to reschedule the tour to August, but the suggestion was in clash with Pakistan’s own plan to host India during that period. Moreover, having the August window available, Pakistan offered Zimbabwe to play a postponed series which was earlier scheduled to be held from December 2012 to January 2013 in the latter country.

PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said that the board’s first priority was to play matches as scheduled by the FTP. He said West Indies first planned a tri-nation series in Pakistan’s window and then asked to reschedule it in August. He said both boards failed to find a window to go ahead with the tour.

However, he said the PCB would find another window next year as “West Indies is an important cricket team and we have always had cordial relations with them”.

The report said Zimbabwe responded positively to PCB’s request, but India declined to tour Pakistan on the pretext of giving rest to players.
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