Australia refuse to play ODIs in Pakistan

Postado Fevereiro 11, 2019

The schedule for the five-match ODI series between Australia and Pakistan has been finally decided by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

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.

Warner's ban expires on March 28, meaning he could play in the final two ODI matches, on March 29 and March 31 in Dubai.

Australian cricketers Steve Smith (left) and David Warner (right).

Sharjah will host the first two ODIs on March 22 and 24 while the fourth and fifth ODIs will be played at Dubai on March 29 and 31, respectively.

Then he will need to complete a process CA has put in place where he and Steve Smith will need to front teammates, coaches and team management in a clearing-the-air session before they are welcomed back.

Earlier this year, CA officially turned down the chance of playing any of the series 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".

The five-match ODI series between Pakistan and Australia will kick start in Sharjah on the 22nd of March. But, we are disappointed for the enthusiastic and passionate cricket fans in Pakistan who will now have to wait for some more time before they can see the Australia cricket team live in action for the first time since 1998.

"In the meantime, the CA have confirmed they will maintain regular contact with the ICC", Zakir added. The 12-month ban on Smith and Warner is set to end on March 29 and it seems that the duo will be cleared to play on the same day itself.

Pakistan will host the five-match series in the United Arab Emirates after Cricket Australia sought more time to assess the security situation in the South Asian country.

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. Last month, the Windies women's team played three T20Is against Pakistan women's team in Karachi.