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Pakistan to play three T20s with West Indies in Karachi

AFP  |  Dubai 

Pakistan's chief on Sunday confirmed three internationals with the in early next month, taking a giant step towards reviving international series amid improved security in the country.

had been a no-go zone for international teams since a 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus which killed eight people and left seven visiting players injured.

Since then, hosted two and three one-day internationals against in 2015 but last year's final of the Super League (PSL), three T20 internationals against a World XI and a T20 international match against helped convince the

Pakistan Board (PCB) said the have confirmed the series.

"It's a good that West Indies have confirmed three internationals to be played in on April 1, 2 and 4," Sethi told media in on the sidelines of the ongoing third edition of the PSL.

West Indies are the reigning World Twenty20 champions after winning the title in in 2016.

Earlier, was announced as the venue of the West Indies matches but the PCB was encouraged to host the matches outside after was declared safe by international security experts last month.

Karachi will also host the PSL final on March 25, while will host two play-off games on March 20 and 21.

"That is how we intend to put Karachi back on map once again. PSL final and now three more games for Karachi as per routine. Karachi people should welcome this," said Sethi of Karachi, where the last international was a Test match against in February 2009.

Sethi also announced he was in talks with West Indies Cricket for a Twenty20 tri-series in

"While West Indies tour to Pakistan is a one-off series, we are also in consultation with the WIC on a tri-series, also involving in first year, for a period of five years," said Sethi.

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 21:55 IST