Brathwaite skips Pakistan T20s over security concerns

CWI silent on historic tour, squad

CWI silent on historic Pakistan tour

"I have played with many former players of Pakistan and all these young boys remind me of them in many ways.The selection committee and the team management deserve a lot of credit for sticking with these boys which is why their game is improving with each day", Malik said.

Tickets for the highly anticipated three-match Twenty20 series between Pakistan and West Indies went on sale in Karachi on Wednesday but with the first match set to bowl off Sunday, Cricket West Indies (CWI) are yet to confirm the series or announce a squad for the historic tour.

The other two matches will be played on Monday and Tuesday.

But the Pakistan Cricket Board has accelerated its efforts to win back the confidence of overseas cricket teams in the last two years.

The West Indies will become only the third worldwide team to play a bilateral series on Pakistani soil since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009.

Soon after, there was a series against a World XI and a match against Sri Lanka - all T20s in Lahore.

Jason Mohammed will be the captain of the squad, which includes Samuel Badree, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Andre McCarthy, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels, Odean Smith, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.

Around 6,000 security personnel will guard the area around the National Stadium and armed guards will travel with the West Indies team from its hotel to the stadium.

Courtney Browne, the chairman of selectors, said a few players opted out.

This tour is a further major step for our friends at the PCB to bring their cricket back home, and we are pleased that our players and support staff have recognised this and supported this venture.

As with Sri Lanka's visit to Pakistan last October, West Indies' side is well off from what would be considered a full-strength unit. ODI captain Jason Holder, Chris Gayle, Caron Pollard, Landyl Simmons, Smith and Sunil Naraine will also miss the tour.

Since then, Pakistan played their home series in the United Arab Emirates.

Top-ranked T20 team Pakistan has given a chance to younger players like Asif Ali, Hussain Talat and Shaheen Afridi, who performed well in the PSL.

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