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.
Pakistan's first home Test in a decade was affected by bad weather Friday, with rain and an already sodden pitch forcing officials to suspend play on the third day of the contest against Sri Lanka. After day three's first session was washed out by wet weather, only 27 minutes of play was possible before the players walked off with just 5.2 overs bowled. Only 91.5 overs have been bowled thus far across three days in the match with the first innings. Sri Lanka progressed to 282-6 from an overnight total of 263-6, with Dhananjaya de Silva on 87. He is 13 short for his fourth Test hundred. For Pakistan, 16-year-old paceman Naseem Shah (2-83) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (2-58) were the most successful bowlers. The conditions have put a dampener on the long-awaited return to Test cricket in Pakistan, following the 2009 militant attack on Sri Lanka's team bus that left eight people dead and several players and officials wounded. But despite the poor weather, schoolchildren were thrilled when Pakistan players went to the fence to take selfies with them.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has refused to grant ‘No Objection Certificates” to all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and fast bowler Usman Shinwari to play in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL). Ashraf, who was dropped from the final World Cup squad in May and has not played for the national side since then, was signed up by the Melbourne Renegades for their first eight games, while Shinwari was picked up by the same team for the first five matches. A PCB source said that Ashraf has now been asked to focus on playing domestic cricket, while Shinwari has been called up for national duty for the home series against Sri Lanka. The Renegades have decided to replace Ashraf and Shinwari with English pacers Richard Gleeson and Harry Gurney. The PCB has come under fire in recent times due to its inconsistent policy on issuing NOCs for foreign leagues and is now apparently working on a new document which will allow players to feature in only two leagues in a season.
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