KARACHI: World Twenty20 champions the West Indies have turned down a request from Pakistan Cricket Board PCB for tour to play matches in the presence of military as their are security concerns in Pakistan, a senior official said Monday.
Pakistan has to host the West Indian cricket team in two Tests, five one-day and two T20 internationals in September and October this year after series of England.
Lately, all the Pakistan’s home series have been played on the neutral grounds of the UAE in Dubai,Sharjah and Abu Dhabi from year 2009 after a militant attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, but Pakistan had hoped the T20 leg of West Indies’ tour could be played in Lahore. Shehryar Khan said:[quote]We wanted the Twenty20s to be played in Pakistan and made an effort but the West Indies Cricket Board have refused to say they have security fears so that the full series will be played in (the) United Arab Emirates.[/quote]
The West Indies’ refused for the tour after a suicide bomber killed 73 people in a park in Lahore on Easter Sunday last month.
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, the Taliban faction that carried out the bombing, said Christians were the target of the attack.
Last year Pakistan hosted Zimbabwe for two T20s and three one-day internationals in Lahore with the hope that the tour would pave the way for more international teams to visit — a hope that has yet to be realized.