West Indies are set to tour Pakistan for a limited-overs series from December 13 to 22. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja confirmed the news. This tour will be the first time the Caribbean team will travel to Pakistan after 2018. This news comes as a shot in the arm for PCB after the cancellation of the New Zealand and England series.'
Pakistan were expected to have a bumper home season that was set to commence with the New Zealand series. In stark contrast, the supposed exciting home season turned out to be a drab affair with the Blackcaps and England cancelling the limited-overs series due to security concerns.
Now, PCB chairman Ramiz Raja is excited to welcome West Indies and formally kick off the home season. "After missing out on home internationals in September and October, the West Indies tour will formally kick-off of an exciting and entertaining season of men's international cricket in Pakistan with HBL Pakistan Super League 2022 and Australia’s first full series to follow,” as reported by Wion.
Raja further opined that West Indies have always remained cooperative and supportive of reviving cricket in Pakistan. "The West Indies have always remained one of Pakistan cricket fans’ favorite sides. I am hopeful that the NCOC will support this series by allowing maximum crowds so that the fans can watch live in action their favorite players and back both sides," he added.
The three-match ODI series will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket League matches, which will see the top seven teams qualifying directly for the 50-over World Cup. India are set to host the showpiece event in 2023. The host country will directly qualify. Pakistan are currently ranked sixth in ODI rankings, while West Indies are placed eighth.