LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finalised a Test tour to the West Indies next year in July-August to keep team and its players remain busy throughout the year.

The Pakistan team has three major series lined up for 2013, an away and home series against South Africa and a tour to the West Indies and is also hoping to organise a home Test series against India, a source revealed on Saturday. "The team will go to the Caribbean after taking part in the Champions Trophy in England that will be held in June. Before the tournament we will also be playing a series against Ireland," the source added.

The West Indies series comprising three Tests, ODIs and T20 matches, the source said and added after the Caribbean tour the board has a window open in August-September and will try to convince the Indian board to play a series in this period which will be treated as a home series for Pakistan.

"The idea is there and discussions on this will be held when Pakistan tour to India in December but it is too early to say anything concrete now," the source said. He said later in the year starting October South Africa is also due to tour Pakistan but the source admitted that would be depend on the security situation in the country.

"If security issues lead to South Africa not wanting to play in Pakistan than obviously the other option is to host them at a neutral venue," he said. The Pakistan board is also expecting Pakistani players to be invited for the Indian Premier League next year.

"The board will know actual position in December but since relations have now improved and Pakistan team is also going to India and there are indications that our players will feature in the players auction to be held in January or February," the source said.

–HAROON SIDDIQUI