Stefanie Taylor skips Pakistan tour over security concerns

Stefanie Taylor skips Pakistan tour over security concerns

ST JOHN’S: West Indies women’s captain Stafanie Taylor will miss her team’s three-match T20 international series in Pakistan which starts later this month over security concerns, Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced on Thursday.

The 2016 World Twenty20 champions are set to play games in Karachi on January 31, February 1 and February 3.

But all-rounder Taylor, one of the biggest stars in the women’s game, will only join the squad for the following one-day international series in the United Arab Emirates.

“Following the detailed security plan from the PCB and the independent security assessment….Stafanie Taylor has opted out of touring Pakistan,” the CWI confirmed.

Only a handful of international cricket matches have been played in Pakistan since an attack on the Sri Lankan men’s team bus in Lahore in 2009 which killed six police officers and two civilians and injured six members of the team.

Zimbabwe played five games at Lahore in 2015, while Sri Lanka returned to the country for the first time since the attack in 2017 as efforts have increased to return regular internationals to Pakistan.

“This tour is a further major step for our friends at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to bring their cricket back home, and we are pleased that our players and support staff have recognised this and agreed to play the T20Is in Pakistan,” CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said.

West Indies women cricket team will reach Dubai on January 26th before travelling to Pakistan on January 30th to play three T20I against Pakistan at the Southend Club Karachi.

The first three T20Is will be played on January 31st, February 1st and February 3rd. The West Indian side will then fly back to Dubai to play the three-match ODI series on 7th, 9th and 11th February at the ICC Academy as a part of ICC Women’s Championship.

It is the first tour of West Indies women’s team after 15 years, however, the men’s team played a three-match T20I at the National Stadium Karachi last year.

Merissa Aguillera will take over as skipper from Taylor for the T20s as the West Indies look to bounce back from their semi-final loss on home soil to Australia in the World Twenty20 last November.