Warner could return to Australian side hours after ban expires

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 11, 2019

March 29, when the fourth ODI is to be played, is the first day Smith and Warner become available again after the bans imposed on them in the wake of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.

CA does not expect there to be any lingering issues between Warner and Smith and all players when the two men return.

However it remains to be seen whether they will be fit to play, after both undergoing elbow surgeries recently.

"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", he said.

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.

The ODI series 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.

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"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.

"The PCB was optimistic that it will be able to convince Cricket Australia to send its side for some matches after successfully staging high-profile bilateral global series".

"In the meantime, the CA have confirmed they will maintain regular contact with the ICC", Zakir added. A terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 forced the PCB to choose the UAE as their home venue after foreign teams refused to tour Pakistan due to security fears.

Lahore hosted the ICC World XI, also comprising Australia Test captain Tim Paine and fast bowler Ben Cutting, in September 2017 (refereed by Sir Richie Richardson of the ICC panel).

The 2019 season of the IPL is scheduled to begin late March, with Australian players selected for the Pakistan series expected to be unavailable until 2 April at the earliest.

The series was followed by a Twenty20 between Sri Lanka and Pakistan before Karachi hosted the West Indies in April a year ago.

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