International cricket made a return to Guyana at the National Stadium at Providence in June 2016 after an absence of three years when South Africa and West Indies played the match of the opening leg of a Tri-Series that also involved eventual winners, Australia.
This year, international cricket is slated to be played in Guyana once again after the West Indies and Pakistan Cricket Boards have agreed to play three Tests, three One-Day-Internationals and two Twenty20 matches in the Caribbean from Monday, March 27 to Monday, May 15.
The series is scheduled to start in the twin-island of Trinidad and Tobago and end in Dominica.
The Twenty20 matches are scheduled for TT; the three ODIs in Guyana, then the teams will then travel to Jamaica, Barbados and Dominica for each of the Test matches.
Manager of Operations, WICB, Roland Holder thinks this series will offer the home team an additional opportunity in the busy cricket year “to improve its ranking. Any series against Pakistan always poses an interesting contest for the West Indies.”
Friday, March 31 1st T20 Queen’s Park Oval
Sunday, April 2 2nd T20 Queen’s Park Oval
Friday, April 7 1st ODI Guyana National Stadium
Sunday, April 9 2nd ODI Guyana National Stadium
Tuesday, April 11 3rd ODI Guyana National Stadium
Saturday, April 15 3-Day Match Trelawny Stadium
Friday, April 22 1st Test Sabina Park
Sunday April 30 2nd Test Kensington Oval
Wednesday, May 10 3rd Test Windsor Park
Both teams met in a three-test series in Dubai last October, Pakistan won that series 2-1.
When Pakistan had a full tour of the Caribbean it was in 2011 when they lost the lone T20 International, won the five match ODI Series 3-2 and shared the two-match Test series 1-1.
Pakistan and West Indies renewed their rivalry in the Caribbean two years later when the two teams played five ODI’s and two T20’s. In the opening ODI at Providence, West Indies were blown away for 98 chasing 224/9 made by Pakistan to lose by 126 runs. West Indies rebounded to win the second ODI also at Providence by 37 runs with Sunil Narine picking up 4 for 26.
Pakistan eventually won the series 3-1 with one match ending in a tie while they swept the host in the two T20’s that were played in Jamaica.