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.
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne regrets pulling out of the ODI tour of Pakistan in September this year, stressing he feels safe in the country in the ongoing Test tour. "Now I do regret not coming for the shorter formats," Karunaratne said, ahead of the Karachi Test. "At that time it was a really hard decision to take because I had heard and read lots of things about Pakistan on news and social media - not positive things. But the guys who came here before gave really good comments and that's why all the seniors decided to go and play a good Test series. Now I think I should have come and played the one-dayers." Karunaratne said he can't appeal to Bangladesh, but said he feels secure. "I can't appeal to Bangladesh about whether they should come, but what I can say is that for me it feels really safe," Karunaratne said.
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), on Wednesday, said it will send a squad to Pakistan in February next year to play in a few matches under the captaincy of its current president Kumar Sangakkara. This comes as a further boost for cricket's return to Pakistan, who are currently hosting Test matches against Sri Lanka after a gap of over 10 years. "It is hugely important to support cricket in countries such as Pakistan, and the PCB has done a tremendous job in rebuilding the international cricketing landscape since the tragic events of 2009," MCC President Sangakkara said. "I am excited to be captaining MCC on the tour to Pakistan." The confirmation of the tour, that'll take place in the month of February, comes after a full investigation into security measures, and assessment into the viability of the trip. PCB Chairman Wasim Khan was delighted with the move, which he saw as a validation of how Pakistan was as safe as any other cricket nation.
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