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.
IPL 2020 is starting to look pretty important for Indian cricket with the head coach Ravi Shastri saying it could help finalize the squad for the T20 World Cup later that year - and whether MS Dhoni would be part of it. Dhoni has not featured for India ever since the World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand this year in July with Rishabh Pant becoming the first-choice gloveman in limited-overs cricket. Having earlier said he found all the talk about Dhoni's future disrespectful. "It all depends on when he starts playing and how he is playing during the IPL," Shastri told IANS. "What are the other people doing with the wicketkeeping gloves or what is the form of those players as opposed to Dhoni's form. The IPL becomes a massive tournament because that could be the last tournament after which more or less your 15 is decided."
Since the end of the World Cup, India have played three T20I series and one ODI series and Dhoni has not been a part of any of them. The chief selector MSK Prasad even went so far as to say that they were "moving on" when asked about the Dhoni question in October. However, both the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and Shastri himself have thrown their weight behind absent wicketkeeper-batsman saying he should be the only one who should decide when he wants his career to end. However, Shastri has now provided a fair bit of clarity by opening a door for Dhoni's comeback, potentially in the T20I team for next year's World Cup, which will solely depend on how he fares for Chennai Super Kings. It still hasn't stopped the speculation around Dhoni, who was seen in practicing at the nets with the Jharkhand team recently. Shastri suggested that with the IPL, which starts in March, set to be the final T20 tournament for India players before the World Cup in October, performances there could help firm up the squad that will go to Australia.
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