Heavy security as West Indies give Pakistan cricket boost


Agency :
The West Indies cricket team arrived in Pakistan on Thursday for a visit which local officials hope will scotch bitter memories of a New Zealand tour abandoned on security grounds.
The Windies will play three Twenty20 International matches and three One Day International(ODI) games-all in the port city of Karachi-starting on Monday, their first visit since 2018.
A Pakistan official said a 26-member party had flown to Karachi early Thursday before being escorted by heavy security to the team hotel.
The series comes three months after New Zealand quit their first tour to the country in 18 years shortly before the opening match was due to start following a security alert.
That was followed by England’s decision to withdraw visits by their men’s and women’s teams scheduled for October.
Pakistan officials were furious with the cancellations, arguing security measures were lock-tight.
The cricket-mad nation endured a long spell without a visit from an international team following a terror attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.