Cape Town - It is understood that the West Indies Cricket Board have
received a proposal for a T20 tour to Pakistan from the PCB.
The proposal includes a detailed security plan and the WICB
are apparently keen for the tour to go ahead subject to security clearances and
agreement from the player's association.
Roland Holder WICB manager of cricket operations told
ESPNcricinfo: "There is an offer [from the PCB] to play two T20 matches in
Pakistan, subject to Players' Association agreement and security clearance.
"The WICB has received a security plan from the PCB,
which we have forwarded to our internal security manager, WIPA and an
independent international security firm whom we have also engaged to provide a
"WIPA and WICB are carrying out its own due diligence
prior to making a determination as to the security situation since the safety
of the players and staff is paramount. Once those reports are received a final
decision will be made after WICB conducts a recce of the venues."
The idea would be for the series to be contested partially
in Lahore and partially in the United States at the Lauderhill sports complex
where the West Indies took on India in 2016.
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has agreed to play in
the Pakistan Super League and has no reservations about visiting Pakistan while
former skipper Darren Sammy has indicated that he would travel if security
celarance was granted.
FICA, the international players' association, still have
reservations about visits to Pakistan with Tony Irish, the group's executive
chairman saying: "We are in the process of obtaining updated security
advice on playing the PSL final in Lahore.
"We don't expect much change in the advice previously
obtained, but will await the updated situation and then communicate to players.
"As previously pointed out players play in the PSL as
individuals and therefore each make their own decisions on whether to play in
Lahore or not. The security risks as communicated by FICA are a factor in their
Zimbabwe toured Pakistan for three ODIs in 2016 but the
first tour since 2009 was marred by a suicide attack near the Gaddafi Stadium