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Pakistan invite Windies for Tests

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Pakistan's Cricket Board has invited West Indies to play a two-Test series in Pakistan in November.

It is another attempt by the board to fill their scheduling gap after the Champions Trophy was postponed.

The PCB tried to organise a tour to South Africa, whose board rejected the offer of a one-day series.

A planned one-day series against Sri Lanka later this month also looks to have fallen through because of a lack of interest from broadcasters.

A PCB spokesman said earlier in the week that the proposed Sri Lanka series, containing five ODIs, was "very unlikely".

Cricket South Africa had turned down Pakistan's offer, citing player fatigue following their long tour of England.

The eight-team Champions Trophy was scheduled to take place in Pakistan from 12-28 September, but the International Cricket Council postponed the tournament until October 2009 because of security concerns.

Pakistan have not played a Test match in 2008, and do not have another scheduled until January 2009, when they are due to host India.

"It is very difficult in today's hectic schedule to find a window when you postpone a tournament," PCB chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi told the Reuters news agency.

"But we have invited West Indies to come and play two Tests immediately after the one-day series they play against us in Abu Dhabi in November."

The West Indies Cricket Board is yet to comment on the proposed tour.

see also
Pakistan plan South Africa tour
29 Aug 08 |  Cricket
S Africa boycott Champions Trophy
22 Aug 08 |  South Africa
Pakistan keeps Champions Trophy
24 Jul 08 |  Cricket
Champions Trophy gets all-clear
18 Jun 08 |  Cricket
ICC Champions Trophy 2008
22 Mar 08 |  Cricket

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