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.
Mayank Agarwal has been confirmed as the replacement for Shikhar Dhawan in the upcoming three-match ODI series against the West Indies after the senior batsman failed to recover from his knee injury. "The BCCI Medical Team feels that while Dhawan’s stitches are off and his wound is healing gradually, he still needs some more time before he regains full match fitness," the board said in a statement on Wednesday. Agarwal is currently playing for Karnataka in the first round of Ranji Trophy against Tamil Nadu in Dindigul. He will miss at least the second round of Ranji matches starting on December 17. Overall this year, in terms of numbers alone, Agarwal has been the best Indian batsman across formats across domestic and international cricket. With two double centuries and a century, he was the leading run-maker in India's Test home season which featured five matches spread across two series involving South Africa and Bangladesh.
Former Test captain Graeme Smith on Wednesday agreed to become Cricket South Africa's director of cricket – but only in an acting capacity. Smith has signed on for three months and will begin work immediately, with two weeks to go before South Africa play England in a four-Test series at home. Smith's appointment came against a background of the crisis in South African cricket. Chief executive Thabang Moroe was suspended on charges of misconduct last week but the board, led by president Chris Nenzani, refused to heed widespread calls to resign. The CSA statement quoted Faul as being "delighted" that Smith had agreed on terms. "Obviously Graeme has had his concerns during the course of the last few months but I am pleased to say we have overcome those concerns and I look forward to working with him to urgently address pressing cricket matters."
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