The schedule for the ODI series is yet to be announced, which will be the last fixture for the Aaron Finch-led side before they head into the ICC World Cup 2019. @ AFP

Australia, scheduled to play five ODIs away against Pakistan in March-April this year, will not be touring Pakistan this year in view of the current situation. However, Cricket Australia have maintained that they will be open to the idea in future.

According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday, during the series against Pakistan in UAE – which will be the preferred destination for the ODIs as well – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani had a discussion with Cricket Australia’s new chief Kevin Roberts. Mani had invited Australia to follow in the footsteps of West Indies, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe who have returned playing in Pakistan since 2017. (ALSO READ: Zimbabwe’s India tour hangs in the balance due to IPL)

In fact, current Australia Test captain Tim Paine also featured in the World XI squad that played in Pakistan in 2017. However, CA have indicated that while they intend on playing in Pakistan, a decision on the same will not be taken in the next few months.

“We want to see international cricket return to Pakistan – the country has a huge passion for it,” a CA spokesperson was quoted as saying in the report.

“However, the safety of our players and support staff is our number one priority and we won’t compromise that. We’ll continue to take advice from a range of government agencies and our own security intelligence and act on this accordingly. (ALSO READ: Steve Smith set to undergo surgery on Tuesday)

“At this stage, from an Australia team perspective, we are not contemplating moving our current bilateral-tour arrangements from taking on Pakistan in the UAE, when they host the next series but we do remain open to the idea of playing in the country again. We formally advised the PCB of this position in early January.”

The schedule for the ODI series is yet to be announced, which will be the last fixture for the Aaron Finch-led side before they head into the ICC World Cup 2019. The tournament could also see the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, whose 12-month bans for their involvement in the ball tampering scandal expire on March 29.