Warner, Smith bans to expire during Pakistan series in March

Pakistan are currently ranked fifth on the ICC ODI team rankings while Australia are sixth- just two points behind

Pakistan are currently ranked fifth on the ICC ODI team rankings while Australia are sixth- just two points behind

Those Australian players selected for the UAE series with IPL contracts can not head to the lucrative Twenty20 tournament until their global commitments are done.

The PCB was disappointed Cricket Australia had rebuffed attempts to have the five-match series held in Pakistan because of safety and security fears but, in return for staging the series in the United Arab Emirates, it's understood CA has only asked its counterpart to play in one day-night test in Australia next summer. Abu Dhabi will host the third ODI on March 27.

Pakistan is ranked fifth on the ICC ODI team rankings, while Australia is sixth - just two points behind. The final will be played on March 31, according to the PCB statement released on its official website.

"The PCB was optimistic it would be able to convince Cricket Australia to send its side for some matches after successfully staging high-profile bilateral global series and the HBL Pakistan Super League matches in the past 18 months", the PCB director Zakir Khan said.

In January, the PCB was informed that Australia would not be coming to Pakistan for the ODI series after the Pakistan side attempted to renew talks with Cricket Australia (CA) to convince them to play at least two of the matches in Pakistan.

"However, the CA has confirmed that they will send their security expert to oversee the execution of security plans for the PSL 2019 matches and bilateral series against other global sides in Pakistan, and will also speak with the ICC-recommended PCB security consultant".

"And also he HBL Pakistan Super League matches in the past 18 months. In the meantime, the CA have confirmed they will maintain regular contact with the ICC". An ICC-approved World XI played three T20Is in September 2017, while Sri Lanka played a T20I the following month.

Over the last two years the PCB have stepped up their efforts to win back the confidence of foreign teams that it's safe to play in Pakistan.

Pakistan has seen worldwide cricket begin to trickle back to the country over the past three years with West Indies arriving in April 2018 to play three T20Is in Karachi. Lahore and Karachi shared three matches between them in 2018, while eight matches are scheduled in the upcoming event which commences from February 14.

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