Karachi set to host Pakistan-West Indies T20Is

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This will also mark another return of global cricket to the country.

West Indies, the reigning T20 World champions, are scheduled to clash with Pakistan on April, 1, 2 and 4.

Worldwide cricket's slow trickle back into Pakistan continues with West Indies set to play a three-match Twenty20 series in Karachi in the first week of April, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has announced.

These will be the first global matches in Karachi since the 2009 attacks on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore brought worldwide cricket in Pakistan to a virtual halt. The attack left six players inured and a British coach and eight Pakistanis were killed.

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It will be the first worldwide matches in Karachi since Sri Lanka played a Test match in 2009 when the visiting team came under terrorist attack in Lahore and Pakistan became virtually a no go-zone area for foreign teams. "It's a good news that West Indies have confirmed three Twenty20 internationals to be played in Karachi on April 1, 2 and 4", Sethi told media in Dubai on the sidelines of the ongoing third edition of the PSL. "Now it is Karachi's turn to rise and shine with PSL3 Final and WI", Sethi added.

"I have been working day and night to conclude an agreement with West Indies which I have finalized", PCB chairperson Najam Sethi said. "That is how we intend to put Karachi back on cricket map once again".

Pakistan Super League proved to be a starting point for this all, and is a statement that Pakistan can host matches and it will. PSL's final will also held in Karachi this time so it is a good initiative. "While West Indies tour to Pakistan is a one-off series, we are also in consultation with the WIC on a tri-series, also involving Bangladesh in first year, for a period of five years", said Sethi.