West Indies' T20I tour of Pakistan confirmed for March 2018, trilateral series in the United States also on the cards

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The three-match series will take place at the end of March.

West Indies’ much waited tour of Pakistan for a three-match T20I series has been confirmed to take place in March, 2018.

Attending the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Dubai, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi confirmed the developments to DawnNews.

The West Indies had originally been scheduled to tour Pakistan at the end of 2017 but thick smog cover and a reluctance on the part of several senior players had seen the series being postponed indefinitely.

Sethi has said that the three matches will be held at the end of March at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore which was also the venue for the historic T20 series with an ICC World XI in September last year.

Along with the confirmation of the Caribbean side’s visit, Sethi also said that he has signed a trilateral series involving Pakistan, West Indies and Bangladesh to be held in August 2016.

The series has been proposed to take place in the United States of America with Florida and Houston being touted as some of the likely venues.

This will be the first time that the Pakistan cricket team will play on American soil. West Indies have already had a taste of playing in the global superpower when the T20 matches against India last year were held in the States.

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David Willey and the key players to watch out for as Australia and England battle it out in Trans-Tasman T20I tri-series

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England all-rounder David Willey will be one to watch out for.

Australia and England will lock horns for the second time in four days when they clash in the Trans-Tasman T20I tri-series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday.

The hosts ran out comfortable victors by five wickets in the clash at Hobart on Wednesday after having thrashed New Zealand in the opening match of the series.

We look at the three key players to watch out for as the old foes meet once again.

GLENN MAXWELL

After being called out by Steve Smith publicly for his training intensity, it seemed that the doors to the national team had all but shut on the floundering maverick batsman.

Having found a spot in the recently concluded ODI series due to injuries, the often derided Glenn Maxwell seems to have found a new lease of life in the T20Is. He answered all his critics with a man-of-the-match performance in the previous match where he registered his second T20I ton while also chipping in with three crucial English wickets with his part-time off spin.

It will be interesting to note if Maxwell can kick on from the superb ton or whether it ends up as one of the many false dawns in his career.

Maxwell put England to the sword in Hobart.

Maxwell put England to the sword in Hobart.

D’ARCY SHORT

The Hobart Hurricanes opening batsman smashed the Big Bash League (BBL) record for the most runs scored in a single edition just recently. His terrific displays have seen him earn a mouthwatering IPL contract with Rajasthan Royals along with a maiden Australia cap in the T20I series.

He looked extremely good on his debut on Wednesday where he launched two massive sixes and as many boundaries in a 20-ball stay at the crease which yielded 30 runs. Short will want to build on that promising start as he looks to tie down a spot in the national team for the foreseeable future.

Short's stock is rising rapidly in limited-overs cricket.

Short’s stock is rising rapidly in limited-overs cricket.

DAVID WILLEY

The English all-rounder was brilliant with the ball against the Aussies in Hobart as he picked up three wickets. He failed to do much with the bat though and will be looking to make amends in Melbourne.

He was in sparkling form himself in the recently concluded BBL and made head turns when he tore apart Nathan Lyon in England’s warm-up T20 clash against a Cricket Australia XI. The southpaw smashed Lyon’s first five deliveries for sixes before finding a boundary off the last ball as 34 runs came in a single over.

Willey will be hoping for a better return with the bat.

Willey will be hoping for a better return with the bat.

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India's spin-twins have been flying in the series.

All throughout the South Africa tour, India’s bowlers have done themselves proud, be it the pacers in the Test or the wrist-spinners in the one-day series.

The spin-twins of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been on top of the hosts’ batting from the very get go and have accounted for 21 of the 28 South African wickets to fall so far in the ODI series.

India bowling coach Bharat Arun said that the results have been the fruits of some sensible planning and that the side had long since identified wrist-spin as a potent weapon in overseas conditions.

“These two spinners showed a lot of promise and we said that in overseas conditions a wrist-spinner would do a lot more than finger-spinners and rightly so, they have come to the party,” he said on Friday.

“They have got a lot of talent, ability and have troubled the best batsmen in the business back home. We were extremely confident that they would come here to South Africa and make inroads into their batting.”

“They are extremely positive, they are not afraid to flight the ball, not afraid to impart the extra spin and they are not dependent on the wicket. They get a lot out of the air and they have enough skills to beat batsmen in the air. They just back their instincts,” added Arun on what makes the spin-twins tick.

The wrist spinners have not been afraid to flight the ball on the hard surfaces.

The wrist spinners have not been afraid to flight the ball on the hard surfaces.

The bowling coach was full of praise for India’s bowlers in both the Test and the ongoing ODI series and said that he couldn’t have asked for anything more of them.

“We cannot ask for anything better. They have done a tremendous job. I am more than pleased,” he said.

India currently sit on the brink of their maiden ODI series triumph in South Africa when the two sides meet in Durban on Saturday having taken a 3-0 lead in the six-match series.  Aiden Markram‘s men will be bolstered by the return of AB De Villiers after an injury layoff as they seek to keep the series alive.

India do not have many concerns but will be hoping Rohit Sharma can finally fire after failing to register a single fifty so far in his seven innings on the South Africa tour. Skipper Virat Kohli remains in imperious touch after registering two tons already in the three matches.

“To us we are on the brink of it. If we do it, it would be really huge. There’s always a first time and hopefully this is it,” added Arun.

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