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.
Cricket lovers from Pakistan had a long-awaited return more than a decade after a deadly attack in 2009. The 17,000-seat Pindi Cricket Stadium was heavily guarded by police and army personnel on Day 1 of the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Wednesday. By stumps, the stadium was half-full and containing mostly youngsters as Sri Lanka reached 202-5. After winning the toss Sri Lanka opted to bat first. Sri Lanka started strongly but Pakistan fought back through their four-pronged pace attack as the visitors reached 202 for five when bad light brought an end to the day’s play. Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne (59), who scored his 24th test half-century, and Oshada Fernando (40) saw off the threat of the new ball with a 96-run opening stand. Captain Karunaratne, scored 59 runs with nine boundaries. 16-year-old paceman Naseem Shah, who was the most impressive bowler with 2-51. Pakistan surprisingly picked up debutant Usman Shiwari instead of Yasir Shah, who picked up the wicket of Kushal Mendis.
Pakistan have invited Bangladesh to play a day-night Test during the latter's tour of the country next month. Bangladesh will tour Pakistan for two Tests and three T20Is in January. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has asked the BCB if the team would be willing to play in a pink ball Test match in Karachi as part of the tour, according to ESPN. The BCB officials, on their part, have said that they will be able to give confirmation for the tour in a week's time after seeking clearance from their government. PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani has made it clear that Pakistan doesn't want to play its home series at any neutral venues in the future. "If any team has any objection to playing in Pakistan they have to give us a valid reason for this. We now intend to play all our home series in Pakistan," Mani had said.
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