PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Smith, the most successful Test captain in cricket history with 53 wins, had been encouraged to apply by embattled Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive officer Thabang Moroe as the organization seeks a long-term replacement for Ottis Gibson, whose contract was not renewed after a dismal World Cup in England. Reports have suggested that the ex-opening batsman was set to be announced as the first permanent appointment in the position, which is currently vacant following the suspension of Corrie van Zyl, who had filled the post on an interim basis. Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith has confirmed he is yet again in talks with CSA to become their new Director of Cricket. However, he also claimed that a national daily in his country reported that he has already been appointed. However, he said that was not true, at least not yet. "Contrary to media reports I have not been appointed Director of Cricket by CSA. As previously advised, I withdrew my application for the role. I am, however, in ongoing discussions with CSA, but I still have real concerns, which I have reiterated to them," he said via Twitter.
The most damning indictment yet of the parlous state of the game in South Africa came from within on Monday. Former Cricket South Africa president Norman Arendse has written an open letter to the board, members’ council, administrators and others. Arendse’s comments come amid ongoing criticism of CSA chief executive officer Thabang Moroe - and the recent decision to suspend the media accreditation of several cricket journalists. He said "It is painful to pen this letter, However, there is just too much at stake to permit our great sport of cricket to fall any further. Silence would be much more painful. Therefore, I write this open letter of appeal to our cricket family members, the CSA board, the CSA members council, and the paid CSA administrators to act before it is too late.”
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