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West Indies on upcoming Pakistan tour

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Kriralok Desk: Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive officer Johnny Grave said that CWI is planning to fulfill its tour commitments with all countries, including Pakistan.

“At this stage, our intention is to fulfill our touring obligations. We’ve got a pretty clear process that we go through with independent security experts, as we did in 2018,” Grave was quoted as saying by Trinidad Newsday on Thursday.

Three years back, the West Indies side under Jason Mohammed had toured Pakistan for three Twenty20Is in Karachi. “We will follow that process, the board of directors, WIPA (West Indies Players’ Association), as well as the players themselves will review the plans and our reports, including the independent security advice. Most of our women’s and men’s players have played in Pakistan in the last few years,” said Grave.

The Caribbean’s side tour of Pakistan came into sharp focus after New Zealand abandoned its tour to the south Asian country last Friday citing security concerns, and England withdrew on Monday from sending their men’s and women’s teams there for similar reasons.

“We’re firming up our plans, with the World Cup qualifiers and, from a men’s perspective, we’re focused very much on the (T20) World Cup. That’s the focus of the major operation. We’re looking at getting our T20 players to the World Cup and our Test players into Antigua for a camp, and then over to Sri Lanka. We’re not due (in Pakistan) with the men’s team until December 9, so we’ve got a bit of time.”