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West Indies quashes Pakistan's Test proposal

Lahore, Oct 29 (UNI) After the postponement of the home series against Australia and the Champions Trophy, Pakistan cricket suffered another rude jolt when the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) rejected the proposal to play a two-match Test series in Abu Dhabi next month.

''The WICB has regretted to commit its team for the series that was planned for the second half of November after the two teams meet in a One-day International series in Abu Dhabi from November 12-16,'' Director General of Pakistan Cricket Board Saleem Altaf was quoted as saying by 'The News'.

''We have received an email from the WICB, telling us that the West Indies will not be able to play in the proposed Test series,'' said the former Test cricketer.

He further added, ''It's unfortunate because our team is starved of Test cricket but there is little we can do about it.'' Citing security problems, the WICB yesterday rejected the Test proposal, which left Pakistan without a single Test in 2008.

Earlier this year, Australia refused to tour the country because of security fears. The Aussies were supposed to play three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 International here according to the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP).

However, in a bid to line up a Test outside the FTP, the PCB invited the West Indies to play a Test series here but the WICB refused to come to Pakistan, citing security reasons for which the PCB later offered to host the Tests in Abu Dhabi.

The WICB agreed to play the series initially but demanded a million dollars for particiapating the two matches. However, the PCB offered 400,000 dollars to the WICB, but it turned down the offer.

The WICB informed the PCB that as it didn't have enough time to negotiate with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) regarding the PCB offer, it has rejected the offer.

''The WICB officials have promised to discuss the possibility of a bilateral Test series against Pakistan at the ICC Chief Executives meeting, to be held in December,'' Altaf said, adding, ''The WICB has said that it will discuss the possibility of finding a window of opportunity for a Test series against during the ICC meeting.'' The former Test pacer later said even if the West Indians had agreed to play the proposed series, it was almost impossible to deliver a successful event.

''The figures were not gelling together,'' he said, pointing to the lack of interest shown in the proposal by broadcasters and sponsors.


Story first published: Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 12:45 [IST]
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