Smith, Warner can return for Pakistan ODIs

Ali Ahmed December 24, 2018

Australian cricket coach Justin Langer has stated that there is “potential” for batting duo of Steve Smith and David Warner to feature in a one-day series against Pakistan in the UAE in March next year.

The entry would be just days after their ball-tampering suspensions are served.

“There’s potential for that, but that’s part of the process (to work through to reintegrate the banned players),” said Australian cricket coach Justin Langer quoted, cricket.com.au.

“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.”

Smith and Warner were awarded one year-long suspensions after the infamous ball tampering incident in South Africa, the ban is to expire on March 29.

As per reports, if the Pakistan series is played before the bans are lifted, Smith and Warner’s would not be expected to play for Australia until the World Cup warm-up matches in England just prior to the tournament’s start.

Smith is also due to play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the coming months, while Warner will be seen in action in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

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