LAHORE: Pakistan’s efforts to host the West Indies for a short Twenty20 trip failed after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) turned down the request citing players’ refusal over security fears.
Sources in the WICB say a letter to reject Pakistan’s proposal has already been sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
WICB also made it clear that it will not send any security delegation as it would be a waste of time and money after players’ refusal to visit Pakistan.
Apparently a tussle between the PCB and FICA (Federation of International cricketers Association) in the last two days put paid to the efforts.
“FICA had strongly opposed the tour but when PCB rejected their report and called them negative, the association once again stressed that the players should not go to Pakistan,” sources say
It is pertinent to note here that Pakistan has not hosted any international team except for Zimbabwe since the March 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore.
West Indies are the third team – after Ireland and Sri Lanka – to reject travelling to Pakistan in the last two years.