Contrary to earlier reports that the cricket boards of Pakistan and West Indies had failed to find a suitable window to go ahead with series this year, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said it was negotiating with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to find a solution.

[caption id="attachment_450" align="alignright" width="300"]The WICB says it is looking forward to “the much anticipated visit of the Pakistan cricket team”.  (Photo: AFP) The WICB says it is looking forward to “the much anticipated visit of the Pakistan cricket team”. (Photo: AFP)[/caption]

A report published in the ESPNcricinfo had said that Pakistan’s tour of West Indies this year was unlikely to go ahead as both boards had failed to find a suitable window.

But the WICB said in a statement it “wishes to advise the media and the public that negotiations with the PCB are ongoing with regard to finalising the schedule for the West Indies versus Pakistan series”, according to Indo Asian News Services (IANS).

“The WICB remains optimistic that the tour will proceed once arrangements are concluded, and further, the WICB looks forward to the much anticipated visit of the Pakistan cricket team.”

According to ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP), Pakistan and West Indies 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, creating some confusion.

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 had earlier said that the board’s first priority was to play matches as scheduled by the FTP, and the PCB would find another window next year for the tour of West Indies. Ashraf’s statement prompted reports that Pakistan’s tour of the Caribbean this year might be in jeopardy.
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