Adjustments in the schedule did not go down well with the integration, who knew it was a disgrace to Pakistan.
Former cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq was rocked by West Indies cricket’s decision to reduce the home T20 series against Pakistan to five to four matches.
The series kicks off on Wednesday, July 28 at Kennington Oval, Barbados, with the last three matches to be played on Saturday, July 31 at the Guyana National Stadium. August 1 and Tuesday, August 3.
Due to changes in the fixtures of the ongoing One Day International (ODI) series between West Indies and Australia, an adjustment in the schedule was necessary, which ended on Monday.
The above-mentioned changes did not diminish well with the integration, which felt that it had tarnished the national image of Pakistan.
“I don’t understand how the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) agreed to it or how the West Indies Board came up with such a proposal. As we all know, the West Indies because of the Quaid 19 issue. Had to play again in ODI series against Australia, but what does the T20 series against Pakistan have to do with it? How can the PCB be satisfied with that? Inzamam asked.
The final T20 will be played on August 3, while the Test series will start on August 12. So there is a good gap of nine days, in which a T20 can be easily accommodated. If the West Indies wanted to cancel a match, it should have done so during the series against Australia. What West Indies have done is discredit Pakistan cricket. I am really surprised that Pakistan has agreed to the decline. You can’t do that. These are international fixtures, not club matches where you can say I can play with this team but I will not play for them.
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Inzamam also called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to intervene and take note of the situation.
He said the ICC should take note of this development. First, we compromised on the Test match and now on the T20. I can understand that the Test match for T20 is being canceled as soon as the World Cup comes. But now even a T20I is canceled so it’s hard to understand. Australia had a problem in the West Indies series but our match has been canceled. The PCB should never have agreed to this proposal and the West Indies should never have made such a request.
The two-time world champions (2012 and 2016) are using the West Indies as part of the series to complete the next ICC T20 World Cup, which will be played in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14. They enter the series behind a 4-1 victory over Australia in the recent T20 matches at the Darren Semi-Cricket Ground in St. Lucia. Pakistan won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2009.
After the T20 Cup, West Indies and after Pakistan, two Test matches will be played at Sabina Park in Jamaica on August 12-16 and then on August 20-24. This is the first Test series for the West Indies in the new 2021-2023 ICC World Test Championship.
July 28: First match at Kensington Oval. 10 a.m. (9 p.m. Jamaica time)
July 31: Second match at the Guyana National Stadium. 11 a.m. (10 p.m. Jamaica)
August 1: Third match at the Guyana National Stadium. 11 AM (10 Jamaica)
August 3 – Fourth match at the Guyana National Stadium. 11 AM (10 Jamaica)
August 12-16: First Test at Sabina Park. (10 a.m.)