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.
Team India under skipper Virat Kohli will play their first-ever Day and Night Test match against Bangladesh at the famous Eden Gardens in Kolkata. From the pink ball plunge to ICC Test Championship, much will be at stake for the hosts who are coming to the Kolkata Test after registering a comfortable win over the visitors. A double century from Mayank Agarwal followed by a scintillating pace bowling spell from speed merchants Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma wrapped up the first Test in India's favor inside the first three days. The hosts have a healthy 1-0 lead over the visitors, meaning Kohli and Co. have a decent chance to extend their winning run in the longest format of the game. The win in the second and final game at the Eden Gardens can confirm India's 12th consecutive Test series win at home. Bangladeshi batsman Liton Das kept wicket last time out but batted down the order and so there could be scope for him to move up the order after the openers failed to impress in either innings. Without Shakib Al Hasan, Mominul Haque is leading the team.
Security concerns meant the Cricket Association of Bengal canceled its plan to have Army paratroopers flying into the Eden Gardens to hand over a pink ball each to the captains before the toss of the day-night Test. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate India's first-ever D/N Test by ringing the customary Eden Bell just before the start of play. As per the ICC norm, playing conditions can be altered by the mutual consent of both countries. During the lunch break, there will be a chat show involving the Fab Five Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. The other former cricketers who have confirmed their presence include S Ramesh, Saba Karim, Sunil Joshi, Ajit Agarkar, Venkatesh Prasad, Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar, Mohammed Azharuddin, Kris Srikkanth, Farook Engineer and Chandu Borde. Athletes from other sports disciplines will include Abhinav Bindra, P Gopichand, P V Sindhu, Sania Mirza, and Mary Kom, but chess legends Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen will not be able to turn up. The grand felicitation will happen post-match with a performance by Runa Laila, while a cultural program by Jeet Ganguly will conclude the opening day.
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