Pakistan captain Misbah to retire after Windies Tests

Brittany BishopApr 07, 2017

Pakistan Test skipper Misbahul Haq on Thursday announced his retirement from the global test cricket.

Misbah announced retirement from Test cricket today (Thursday) in a press conference saying, "West Indies tour will be my last".

Pakistan's long-serving test captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

He is Pakistans most successful Test captain with 24 wins from his 53 matches in charge, and briefly led his side to the number one Test ranking past year.

The 18-year-old leg-spinner gained the nod of approval to be one of five newcomers in the Pakistani Test squad, a mere 10 days after making his global debut in the T20 series against the Windies in which he was named Player-of-the-Series for a haul of 10 wickets at 7.50 apiece.

"I am not a big fan of momentum because every game is a new game and both teams start afresh but I am a believer in confidence and we certainly have taken some confidence out of this [T20] series into the next one", he concluded.

"I think Shadab was very good in this [T20] series and I just see him getting better and better. Specially when our test side was doing so well", Misbah said in an interview.

Having taken the reins when the team was in the midst of a turbulent phase, Misbah guided Pakistan to the number one spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test ranking. So overall, I am satisfied with my performance.

In an article in Cricket Country previous year, Abhishek Mukherjee summed it up well when he said, "Imran ruled over Pakistan". The West Indies Test series scheduled for this month will be his last, Misbah confirmed. "I will try to finish it on a high note".

"We will do several other things as Misbah's contributions for Pakistan cricket are tremendous". "I was dropped from the team played poorly as well at times". You get disappointed a bit with your failures but you don't give up.

Misbah-ul-Haq of Pakistan and Steve Smith of Australia pose with the Commonwealth Bank series trophy.

Pakistan continued to surge in Tests and in 2016, they secured a 2-2 draw against England and they were crowned the new World No.1 in Tests.

Openers Ahmed Shehzad and Shan Masood staged comebacks in the Test side but there was no place for Mohammad Hafeez, who was also overlooked for Pakistan's last two Test series in New Zealand and Australia.

"Sarfraz is leading Pakistan in limited-over formats, it would be good if everyone supports him", Misbah said.

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