CEO of West Indies Cricket provides assurance to PCB about upcoming visit

Following the cancellation of the New Zealand and England trips to Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been on the lookout for new allies in recent days. However, it has not only sparked worries about the fact that cricket has finally returned to Pakistan after a decade-long absence, but it has also placed the country’s near future in jeopardy.

If nothing is done to address the present situation, the financial losses that the PCB has incurred would only grow over time. The comments of Cricket West Indies (CWI) should be a source of encouragement for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and its newly appointed chairman, Ramiz Raja, even if Australia’s trip to Pakistan is now in jeopardy.

For the time being, our goal is to complete our tour commitments. The CWI’s Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave, was cited by Trinidad Newsday on Thursday as stating, “We have a fairly clear procedure that we go through with independent security experts as we did in 2018.” Several nations have visited Pakistan and played matches there since international cricket was reinstated there. The West Indies has been one of those countries to do so since it was reinstated.

West Indies has also made a trip to Pakistan earlier in 2018

In 2018, the West Indies squad travelled to Karachi, Pakistan, to compete in a Twenty20 International series under the leadership of Jason Mohammed. Despite the fact that a few members of the West Indies cricket team refused to board the aircraft to Pakistan, the trip continued with whoever was available.

As part of that procedure, the board of directors, WIPA (West Indies Players’ Association), and the players themselves will evaluate our preparations and reports, including our independent security advice,” he said. In the past several years, the vast majority of our women’s and men’s players have represented their countries in Pakistan,” Grave said.

This time around, the West Indies will play three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in Pakistan. Both the men’s and women’s teams will go to Pakistan to compete in their respective tournaments. Grave also stated that he spoke with PCB CEO Wasim Khan to discuss the current events resulting from the cancellation of tours, as well as to notify him of a meeting that will take place later this week. It seems that CWI will make a decision shortly, but much will rely on the results of their independent security assessment.