Younis Khan of Pakistan, will return home from West Indies on Sunday after his elder brother died in Germany. The PCB has given Younis permission to miss the two-Test series which starts next Thursday.
"Younis is returning home today as unfortunately his elder brother, Shamshad Khan, has passed away in Germany," a board official said.
There is unlikely to be a replacement for Younis for the first Test because of logistical reasons, but the team management may consider someone for the second Test.
The loss of Younis, a 67-Test veteran, will be a big blow for a side that is thin on experience. His absence means there is no one in the Pakistan squad who has played a Test in the West Indies.