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.
A week after being left out of India's T20I squad without playing a game against Bangladesh, Middle-order batsman, Sanju Samson has been called in again as an injury replacement for regular opener Shikhar Dhawan for the upcoming three T20Is against West Indies starting on December 6. Dhawan injured his left leg, which the BCCI's medical team described as a "deep cut on his left knee", during a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy game for Delhi against Maharashtra last week. Dhawan still "needs some more time for his stitches to come off and his wound to heal properly", the BCCI said in a media release. In Dhawan's absence, it is more than likely India will slot in the in-form KL Rahul to start the Indian innings with Rohit Sharma. Rahul has been key to Karnataka's excellent run in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Samson featured in just four of Kerala's six matches in the Mushtaq Ali Trophy, finishing with one half-century. Samson, whose only appearance for India came in a T20I in Zimbabwe in 2015.
Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha underwent surgery in Mumbai for a fracture on his right ring finger. The 35-year-old, who was lauded for his wicketkeeping during India's inaugural day-night pink-ball Test in Kolkata, picked up the injury during the game. He was subsequently referred to a hand and wrist specialist, who suggested a "surgical fixation of the fracture". The BCCI termed the surgery "successful", and Saha is expected to commence rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. It's as yet unclear how long Saha's injury will take to heal. India's next Test assignment is in New Zealand, with the first of the two Tests starting February 21.
India's squad for West Indies T20Is: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vice-capt), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sanju Samson
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