West Indies tour of Pakistan 2023 likely to be postponed

As reported by ESPN Cricinfo, Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are looking to reschedule Pakistan's 2023 home series against West Indies in 2024. Since the top-notch cricket leagues, including the Big Bash League, ILT20, SA20, and many others, are due to take part in early 2023, the two boards are prioritizing their players' availability for exposure in various leagues across the world. 

Both PCB and CWI are mutually happy with the decision and will re-announce the postponed West Indies tour of Pakistan for three-match T20I series in a short course, choosing a window in 2024. The men in maroon have already voyaged Pakistan twice in the last ten months and were due to pay a visit in January 2023 for three T20Is.

On their website, ESPN mentioned that,

This series of three T20Is was pencilled in between New Zealand's visit to Pakistan in the winter of 2022-23 and the Pakistan Super League next year. The three games will most likely be added to West Indies' visit in February 2024, when they are due to play three Tests as part of the World Test Championship.

Notably, many West Indies players have signed up for the BBL, ILT20, and SA20. Where Pakistani players will be drafted in BBL, they are not certain to participate in the newly launched UAE and South Africa tournaments. It is because the owners of the Indian Premier League (IPL) own all six franchises in ILT20, and five of the six franchises in SA20 and Indo-Pak political tensions are not behind the curtains.

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