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West Indies – Pakistan T20I series cut short to 4 games

The series will be the final opportunity for both teams to fix their jigsaw before the T20 World cup.

Babar Azam, Andre Russell
Babar Azam, Andre Russell ( Image Credit: Twitter)

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have agreed to play a four-match T20I series instead of the original five-match series. Both teams agreed to drop a T20I after the current West Indies – Australia ODI series was hit by a positive COVID-19 case, just before the start of the second ODI which was originally slated to begin on 22nd July.

The second ODI was then pushed to Saturday (24 July). With a last-minute COVID-19 scare, the series between West Indies and Pakistan had to be modified and hence CWI and PCB altered it to a four-match T20I series.

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The first game will now start on Wednesday (28 July) in Barbados. All the remaining three games will be held in Guyana on the 31st, 1st, and 3rd.

“Together with the PCB [Pakistan Cricket Board], CWI have examined various scenarios, and we jointly agreed that the best solution in the present circumstances is to cancel the first T20 International and play a four-match series starting on Wednesday and keep the rest of the tour schedule unchanged,” said CWI president Ricky Skerritt. “Both teams are in the final stages of preparing for the ICC T20 World Cup, so we anticipate an exciting and entertaining series of games.”

The hosts come into the series on the back of a stellar show against Australia where they thrashed the visitors 4-1 in the T20I series. Pakistan, on the other hand, had a disappointing tour to England and could only win one of the six white-ball games. The series will be the final opportunity for both teams to fix their jigsaw before the T20 World Cup.

Revised schedule:

July 27: First Twenty20 International (Bridgetown).

July 31: Second Twenty20 International (Providence).

Aug 1: Third Twenty20 International (Providence).

Aug 3: Fourth Twenty20 International (Providence).

Aug 12-16: First Test (Kingston).

Aug 20-24: Second Test (Kingston).

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