Steve Smith, David Warner left out as Australia's ODI squad against Pakistan

David Warner of Australia

David Warner of Australia

Australia face Pakistan in the UAE in their last ODI series before the World Cup.

'David will play with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Steve with Rajastan Royals.

Cricket fans in the UAE will not get to watch Steve Smith or David Warner in action here after the duo were on Friday left out of Australia's squad for the five-match one-day worldwide series against Pakistan.

Smith and Warner will play in the Indian Premier League to start their comeback to competitive cricket with their respective ball-tampering bans ending on March 28.

Trevor Hohns, chairman of selectors, said that Smith and Warner will be better playing at the Indian Premier League (IPL) that commences on March 23 in Chennai.

Smith and Warner were set to be eligible for the final two games of the five-match series following their ball-tampering bans, however, the pair were overlooked by selectors on Friday.

The deadline for naming the World Cup squad is April 23 and the spots are still not locked.

He had been in a brace for weeks, but picked up a bat again and had a session at the Sydney Cricket Ground last week.

David Warner, too, returned from Bangladesh following an injury on the elbow.

Their bans only related to state and worldwide cricket. 'Cricket Australia will continue to liaise with both Steve, David and their IPL clubs to monitor progress as we build towards the ICC World Cup and the Ashes.' The two batsmen were banned by Cricket Australia for a year after Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera taking an item out of his pocket and rubbing it against the ball.

However in 2017, workload concerns prompted former team-performance boss Pat Howard to pitch the idea of lucrative multi-year contracts to Smith, Warner, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins that would prevent them from playing in the IPL. When this controversy happened, Smith was the captain of the Australian team while Warner was the vice-captain.

Australia play their first match against Pakistan on March 22 in Sharjah, before heading to Abu Dhabi and Dubai to complete five matches in 10 days.

Fast bowler Kane Richardson has been included in the squad despite returning home from India with a side strain.

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