LAHORE - Pakistan will play Bangladesh in a return tour in March after the Sri Lanka series next month, it was learnt Wednesday. During the tour Pakistan will play five one-day internationals and that would be the first bilateral series against Bangladesh since 2002. Pakistan toured Bangladesh last May to take part in a tri-series also involving India, which Pakistan won beating India in the final. An official of the PCB said that the tour will start from March 3 and the series will be part of the plan to give the team as many matches as they can. The PCB CEO Saleem Altaf said that the series would also give some practice to the Pakistan team before the Australia series in March and April. Australia, which has on several occasion refused to tour Pakistan on security ground, has committed to tour at the end of March for five ODIs and later in the year for the Test series. Altaf said he hoped Australia, who postponed their tour of Pakistan in March this year over security fears, would play five one-day matches in Pakistan in March-April next year. "I have talked to Cricket Australia on the five-match series and there is always the option of playing Australia at a neutral venue if they have any reservations on playing in Pakistan," said Altaf. Australia have not toured Pakistan since 1998. Pakistan has been deprived of quality cricket on home soil as foreign teams have refused to tour over security fears. India pulled out of next month's planned visit to Pakistan after New Delhi refused to clear the tour as tension mounted between the two countries in the wake of terror attacks in Mumbai last month. Pakistan have also arranged a stop-gap series of five one-dayers and three Tests with Sri Lanka next month.