Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Wasim Khan has explained that the board decided to play two extra T20Is instead of a third Test against the West Indies, keeping the upcoming T20 World Cup in mind. The PCB recently announced its schedule for Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies, where they will play five T20Is and a two-match Test series.
Both teams were seemingly keen to get as many T20I games under their belt before the T20 World Cup in October. Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies will last from July 21 to August 24. Confirming the schedule, PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said:
“In consultation with the Cricket West Indies and keeping an eye on this year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, we have agreed to replace one Test match with two additional T20Is.”
Pakistan are set to have a busy schedule in the coming months, including some historic home series against some of the top teams.
“In addition to playing England, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and the T20 World Cup and the away series, we will be hosting New Zealand, England, West Indies and Australia in the next eight months,” Wasim Khan added.
Pakistan’s record against West Indies in Tests and T20Is
Pakistan last toured the West Indies in 2017, recording their first-ever series triumph against the Caribbeans away from home (2-1).
Overall, the two teams have locked horns 52 times in Tests, with Pakistan marginally leading the head-to-head record with 20 wins. While West Indies have won 17 Tests, 15 games have ended in draws.
Despite currently being the defending champions of the T20 World Cup, West Indies have a dismal record against the Asian giants in the shortest format.
The two teams have played 14 T20Is against each other, with Pakistan winning 11 of those encounters, while losing thrice.
Pakistan tour of West Indies schedule
27th July – 1st T20I
28th July – 2nd T20I
31st July – 3rd T20I
1st August – 4th T20I
3rd August – 5th T20I
12-16th August – 1st Test
20-24th August – 2nd Test