Pakistan, West Indies agree to four-match T20 series


West Indies and Pakistan have agreed to play a modified four-match Twenty20 International series, Cricket West Indies (CWI) reported on Sunday.

The two sheets — who had at first arranged a five-match T20 series — were constrained into the adjustment to the booked event dates after West Indies’ present ODI series against Australia was shaken by a positive Covid-19 test which saw Thursday’s subsequent match suspended.

It was, at last, played on Saturday with the third and last match pushed back to Monday — one day before the planned opener against Pakistan.

The modified dates consider an opener in Barbados on Wednesday with three further matches in Guyana.

“Along with the PCB [Pakistan Cricket Board], CWI has inspected different situations, and we mutually concurred that the best arrangement in the current conditions is to drop the main T20 International and play a four-match series beginning on Wednesday and keep the remainder of the visit plan unaltered,” said CWI president Ricky Skerritt. “The two groups are in the last phases of planning for the ICC T20 World Cup, so we expect an interesting and engaging series of games.”

The T20 World Cup starts in the Gulf in October with West Indies hoping to hold the title.

The groups will likewise have two Tests as the influence of the new 2021-2023 World Test Championship.

Modified timetable:

July 27: First Twenty20 International (Bridgetown).

July 31: Second Twenty20 International (Providence).

Aug 1: Third Twenty20 International (Providence).

Aug 3: Fourth Twenty20 International (Providence).

Aug 12-16: First Test (Kingston).

Aug 20-24: Second Test (Kingston).

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