Pak's 2013 tour of West Indies to be split to accommodate 'possible' India series
Pakistan's tour of the West Indies in July 2013 is likely to be split into two parts in order to accommodate the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) plan of hosting India in August for a series that is yet to be confirmed.
Pakistan were due to play two Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s in the Caribbean in June and July, but now they will only play either Tests or limited-overs matches to create a window for India, reports The Nation.
West Indies are scheduled to host Pakistan from June to July but they also have a tri-series against India and Sri Lanka during that time. To avoid the clash with Pakistan, the WICB had asked the PCB if their Caribbean tour could be rescheduled to August. That, however, would interfere with the PCB's hopes of hosting India.
After the end of the upcoming limited-over series in India starting on December 25, the PCB is hoping to invite India to play another series in Pakistan.
"The limited-over series isn't (just) what we wanted. We wanted long-term bonding with India on reciprocal basis, and to extend our relationship we will invite India to play a series next year in August. We will find a way to at least keep the window open," a PCB official was quoted, as saying.
Cricket ties between Pakistan and India were put on hold following the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai and the upcoming series will be the first in four years.