West Indies refuse to tour Pakistan

West Indies refuse to tour to Pakistan
Shukriya Pakistan

West Indies have refused to tour to Pakistan as none of the players are ready to play their and they will not even send their security delegation to inspect the security conditions of the country, ARY News reported.

A West Indian journalist confirmed ARY News that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has written a letter to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) regarding refusal of touring Pakistan.

West Indies was asked to tour to Pakistan by the PCB for two T20 internationals on March 18 and 19. They have become the third side after Sri Lanka and Ireland to decline to tour Pakistan.

According to the West Indies’ media, the WICB has stated that they are a part of Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) and they trust their report.

“FICA had strongly opposed to the tour but after the PCB rejected their report and called them negative, FICA once again stressed the players not to go to Pakistan,” said sources.

Earlier, FICA stated in a report that the risk level in Pakistan is “at an extremely elevated state” and that “an acceptable level of participant security and safety cannot be expected or guaranteed.”

However, PCB bashed these comments from FICA in their press release, where they coined their attitude as careless and cavalier.

PCB said in the press release, “FICA has done great disservice to the cause of cricket in general and Pakistan cricket in particular by advising players not to play in the PSL final in Lahore next March because of ‘security reasons’.”

Independent analysts said PCB wD doing haste in the matter and although Pakistan is getting better but travel advice of most of the European countries, Usa and Australia are still negative.

Giles Clarke, chairman of Pakistan Task Team, is due to tour Pakistan on January 28 to assess situation in Pakistan.

It was Giles who famously said in 2013 that international cricket should only return to Pakistan two years after the last bomb blast.

Pakistan Cricket Board is hoping to hold the final of the second edition of the Pakistan Super League in Lahore on March 7, 2017.

Pakistan have been deprived of international cricket action since Sri Lankan team was attacked in Lahore in 2009.