Smith & Warner May Return from Ban in Pakistan ODI Series

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 24, 2018, 6:33 PM IST
Smith & Warner May Return from Ban in Pakistan ODI Series

Steve Smith and David Warner. (Getty Images)

Steve Smith and David Warner are in line for return from ball-tampering bans in the ODI series against Pakistan in UAE in March this year. The five-match ODI series is slated to take place in March in the lead-up to the Cricket World Cup in England and could cut short their participation in the 2019 Indian Premier League which is set to get underway in the last week of March next year.

The series that was originally supposed to take place from March 15 to 29 may be pushed back to March 31 to April 13, which would mean that the ‘banned’ duo could be eased into international cricket just 48 hours after the expiration of their suspensions.

"There's potential for that, but that's part of the process (to work through to reintegrate the banned players)," Langer told reporters ahead of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne on Monday (December 24).

"There's lots of conversations going on about what's best for our bowlers, for the guys returning, and we'll work through that. We'll get the best outcome for Australian cricket and for them personally, but there's been no decisions made at this stage."

The year-long suspensions of Smith and Warner expire on March 29 but they are currently expected to participate in the IPL. Both Smith and Warner were retained by Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, respectively.

According to, players selected to face Pakistan will not be released for the IPL by CA until after that series, while a mandatory training camp has been scheduled for early May for the 15 players who make the official World Cup squad.

Smith is also due to play in the Pakistan Super League, while Warner will captain a side in the Bangladesh Premier League.

"These days, the way the one-day game is played it’s almost an extended T20 so T20 cricket is a good way to prepare," Smith told reporters last week.

"The IPL is one of the best (T20) tournaments around the world and from what I've heard about the Pakistan league, it's high quality, so I think that will be adequate preparation,” the former Australian captain said.

CA has previously said it would consider players' desires to feature in the IPL on a case-by-case basis, with the governing body required to issue a ‘No Objection Certificate’ for any Australian wanting to feature in the T20 tournament.

"It is a difficult period with the IPL being brought forward to accommodate the World Cup, and overlapping our domestic season. We are committed to respecting the position of the Sheffield Shield, while ensuring Australia’s World Cup squad is well prepared for this critical world event, while also ensuring those that are fit to play have opportunity to participate in the IPL," CA's interim executive general manager of Team Performance Belinda Clark said in November.
First Published: December 24, 2018, 1:25 PM IST

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