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The Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday announced the itinerary for the upcoming ODI series against Australia which will be played in the United Arab Emirates.

Pakistan cricket authorities were forced to schedule all five one-day internationals against Australia in the UAE after the Aussies refused to visit the Asian country over security fears.

PCB had earlier invited Australia to play two of the five one-day internationals in Pakistan to revive international cricket at home which has been suspended since terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.

Since then Pakistan have hosted the finals of Pakistan Super League for the last two years and played matches against World XI, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and the West Indies.

A West Indies women's team recently played three T20 internationals in Karachi from January 31-February 3 this year.

But Cricket Australia (CA) acted on their government's advice not to tour Pakistan where no Australian senior team has played since 1998 over security fears.

PCB director Zakir Khan expressed disappointment over Australia's refusal to tour.

"The PCB was optimistic that it will be able to convince Australia to send its side for some matches after successfully staging high-profile bilateral international series," said Khan.

"But we are disappointed for the enthusiastic and passionate cricket fans in Pakistan who will now have to wait for some more time before they can see Australia playing in our country.

“However, the CA has confirmed that they will send their security expert to oversee the execution of security plans for the PSL 2019 matches and bilateral series against other international sides in Pakistan, and will also speak with the ICC-recommended PCB security consultant. In the meantime, the CA have confirmed they will maintain regular contact with the ICC,” he added.

The five-match series will be crucial for both sides as they prepare for the World Cup to be held in England from May 30-July 14.

Sharjah will host the first two matches on March 22 and 24 followed by matches in Abu Dhabi (March 27) and Dubai (March 29 and 31).

Itinerary:

22 March – 1st ODI, Sharjah (d/n)

24 March – 2nd ODI, Sharjah (d/n)

27 March – 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi (d/n)

29 March – 4th ODI, Dubai (d/n)

31 March – 5th ODI, Dubai (d/n)

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