Steve Smith, David Warner overlooked for Australia tour of Pakistan
'The best pathway for them to return to play is in the Indian Premier League'
Last Updated: 08/03/19 10:09am
Steve Smith and David Warner have been overlooked by Australia for the upcoming one-day international series against Pakistan.
The pair are available to play in the final two matches of the five-game series on March 29 and March 31 as their year-long bans for ball-tampering end on March 28.
But Australia's selectors have instead opted to name an unchanged 15-man squad for the entirety of the series.
Cricket Australia has confirmed Smith will play for Rajasthan Royals, with Warner to feature for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, which starts on March 23.
"While their bans will be finished on March 28, Steve and David have been working through rehabilitation from elbow surgery and it has been agreed the best pathway for them to return to play is in the Indian Premier League, a strong competition which features some of the world's best players," national selectors chief Trevor Hohns explained.
"David will play with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Steve with Rajasthan Royals. Cricket Australia will continue to liaise with both Steve, David and their IPL clubs to monitor progress as we build towards the ICC World Cup and the Ashes."
Australia's ODI series against Pakistan begins March 22 in Sharjah, with their 15-man squad for the World Cup due to be named on April 23.
ODI squad vs Pakistan: Finch (captain), Khawaja, Marsh, Handscomb, Maxwell, Turner, Stoinis, Carey, Cummins, Coulter-Nile, J Richardson, K Richardson, Behrendorff, Lyon, Zampa