But its timing is important because it could be the scene of the returns to global cricket of Warner and - injury permitting - Smith. While the first couple of games will take place in Sharjah on March 22 and 24, the third game will be played on March 27 in Abu Dhabi.
The PCB was disappointed Cricket Australia had rebuffed attempts to have the five-match series held in Pakistan because of safety and security fears but, in return for staging the series in the United Arab Emirates, it's understood CA has only asked its counterpart to play in one day-night test in Australia next summer.
After much delay, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday finally announced that the one-day series would be played entirely in the UAE from March 22 to 31.
However it remains to be seen whether they will be fit to play, after both undergoing elbow surgeries recently.
David Warner and Steve Smith in 2016.
He remains in the frame to return in time for the World Cup in May, although he is keen to play in the Indian Premier League, which also resumes on March 29.
Should Warner return for the Pakistan series, it would have the benefit of being more of a low-key series than through the World Cup, where the media and public focus will be intense.
"The PCB was optimistic that it will be able to convince Cricket Australia to send its side for some matches after successfully staging high-profile bilateral global series and the HBL Pakistan Super League matches in the past 18 months". Australia has won only three of its past 16 ODI matches.
"The PCB was optimistic that it will be able to convince Cricket Australia to send its side for some matches after successfully staging high-profile bilateral worldwide series".
"Australia are the world champions and this series will provide the Pakistan cricket team an opportunity to assess their World Cup preparations", PCB Director Zakir Khan said. "In the meantime, the CA have confirmed they will maintain regular contact with the ICC", Zakir Khan added.
The series begins a week after the short-form tour of India concludes, meaning Australia is likely to travel directly to the UAE. The series will be played in the United Arab Emirates.
Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball.