29 Oct 2008

West Indies can't play tests against Pakistan

8:11 am on 29 October 2008

Pakistan's plans to give its cricket-starved team two Tests failed after the West Indies said they were too short of time.

There was a proposal for the Tests to follow next month's three-match one-day series between the two sides in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan have not played a single Test this year after Australia postponed their tour to the troubled country over security fears in March.

The West Indies had refused to tour Pakistan for two Tests over security fears but had initially considered the two-Test invitation when Pakistan suggested a neutral venue.

The cancellation means Pakistan's next chance to play a Test comes against arch-rivals India early next year.