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Australia's refusal forced Pakistan to play ODIs in UAE

13 February 2019

"I think I have a pretty good grasp on what it takes for tournaments like that", he said.

The PCB had filed a complaint against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not playing the bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 despite signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

With the 12-month bans on Smith and Warner - for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal that erupted during a Test match in South Africa a year ago - due to expire on March 29, it is possible their first taste of global action will come at the Dubai worldwide Cricket Stadium in the fourth of the five matches.

Wasim, while addressing a press conference in Lahore along with PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani, said all efforts were being made to fully restore global cricket in Pakistan. "But we are not going to see solutions anytime soon".

Speaking of the same, the BCCI official quoted to Hindustan Times that they are willing to play Pakistan but the tensions in countries should be vanished out.

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"Australia are the world champions and this series will provide the Pakistan cricket team [with] an opportunity to assess their World Cup preparations", said PCB Director International Zakir Khan. We can't wait forever to play India. "Everything will be done but for now let's get our domestic cricket right and make our grassroots stronger than ever and make our worldwide team more sustainable in the near future so that they are successful at all levels".

Mani said that there is no point engaging with India on the matter till the general elections.

Pakistan have been eager to revive worldwide cricket at home, suspended since attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009. They were very clear that the restart of the bilateral series is purely in the hands of the Indian government and the BCCI has got nothing in their hands.

"I get a lot of messages from Indian journalists and public about their wish to play against Pakistan".

Smith, whose suspension for his role in the ball-tampering scandal also ends on March 28, is unlikely to be fit in time to play in the Pakistan series because he has had major elbow surgery and remains in a brace until the end of the month. Unfortunately, politics sneaks in which I don't believe sports should ever be mixed up with. He, however, said that the time might be right to think of an alternate plan to make both the countries play again. "But I understand when they are done with elections their attitude will get right too", he added.

Australia's refusal forced Pakistan to play ODIs in UAE