Warner could return to Australian side hours after ban expires
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Melbourne: Cricket Australia is all set to welcome David Warner hours after the ban expires as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released the fixture of next month's ODI series.
The left-handed batsman's ban is set to expire on March 28, meaning he could play in the final two ODI matches, on March 29 and March 31 in Dubai.
The series will begin on March 22 in Sharjah. If Warner gets selected for the series, he would not be allowed to share the dressing room with his teammates until the ban expires. So, he will have to watch earlier matches from the stands.
CA tinkered with the option of lifting the ban early on suspended duo Warner and former skipper Steve Smith. But, their injuries have appeared as the biggest challenge in their return to the five-time World Cup winning side.
Warner would require to prove he has recovered from the elbow surgery he underwent last month. At the same time, he will require to complete the process CA has put in place where he and Smith will need to meet teammates, coaches and team managment in a clearing-the-air session before they are welcomed back.
The process will be mediated by interim high performance manager Belinda Clark.
Earlier, CA has rejected Pakistan's attempt to host the series in their country itself due to safety and security fears. So, now the series will be held in the United Arab Emirates. CA, in return, will invite Pakistan team to play one day-night Test in Australia. The series will feature two Tests. These matches are most likely to be held in Brisbane and Adelaide, which have been two venues where pink-ball Tests have been played.