LAHORE - The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has refused to send its ‘A’ team to Pakistan for a scheduled tour in November this year due to security concerns.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sent its ‘A’ team to the West Indies in November 2010 for a series comprising two Test matches, three one-dayers and a couple of Twenty20 games, and now it invited West Indies ‘A’ team to undertake a reciprocal tour to Pakistan.

However, the WICB has informed the PCB that it had asked every player to confirm if he wants to go to Pakistan. None of them was ready to tour Pakistan, added the WICB.

Now the PCB is considering different options, either to cancel the tour or to host the West Indies ‘A’ squad in Sharjah.

 But by holding the series in the UAE, the PCB will have to spend around $400,000. The expenditures are almost equal which the PCB spends on hosting matches of its senior team in the UAE.

It is noticeable that while the PCB earns through TV rights, title sponsorship and gate-money, besides billboards, while hosting matches of the senior team, no such income can be generated for organising the ‘A’ team contests.

Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is also offering a series to Pakistan Under-19 team but in return it wants to tour the UAE instead of Pakistan.