Jamaica Gleaner / LAHORE, Pakistan (CMC):
The Windies are set to play a Twenty20 (T20) International in the American city of Houston, Texas, for the first time later this year as part of a Tri-Nations Series involving Pakistan and Bangladesh.
An unnamed senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told the Indian Express newspaper that the series, scheduled for August, had been finalised following discussions between PCB chairman Najam Sethi and Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron on the sidelines of the recent International Cricket Council meeting in Dubai.
The series, which will also see matches played in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a reciprocal tour to follow on from the highly anticipated three-match tour carded for March and April when Pakistan are expected to host the Caribbean side.
“It (US series) is an arrangement for this year, and we will see how things pan out later on,” the official was quoted as saying.
So far, every T20 International to be played on United States soil has been staged at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, with the most recent action being a two-match series between the Windies and India two years ago.
The proposal for a match to be hosted in the southern United States represents a further incursion into the lucrative North American market.
Only last year, the PCB had announced a five-year agreement that would have seen the Windies tour Pakistan annually for a three-match T20 series, with Pakistan contesting a reciprocal series in the US, involving the Caribbean unit.
But the PCB said that this year, they had been forced to scrap the agreement because it would not have been financially viable.