Misbah announces retirement from global cricket

Posted April 07, 2017

Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on Thursday called curtains on his global career, announcing that the upcoming three-match series against West Indies beginning April 22 in Barbados will be his last.

Chairman Shaharyar Khan told reporters in Lahore on Wednesday he hasn't spoken to Misbah about his future plans, but believed three test matches against the West Indies could be Misbah's last global matches. In 2015, Shadab was part of the Pakistan Under-17 team which played against England in the United Arab Emirates.

Misbah backed Sarfraz to also lead Pakistan in test matches after he quits.

Former fast bowler Sikander Bakht said no cricketer has ever announced retirement like Misbah did today.

Misbah led Pakistan in one-day internationals from 2011 until his retirement from limited-overs cricket after the 2015 World Cup, having also been in charge for eight T20 internationals. It's a wrong impression that the board has enforced this as my last series or there's a patch-up between me and the cricket board.

In contrast, if Pakistan, which has won 11 of 19 matches against the West Indies in the West Indies this decade, wins all the three matches, then it will join Bangladesh on 92 points and will be ranked ahead of its Asian rival by a fraction of a point. "So overall, I am satisfied with my performance".

Davis said top cricket teams perform at a high level consistently, something the West Indies have failed to do. Misbah-ul-Haq was central to one of the most riveting series in England for years, a 2-2 draw that left fans longing for a decider. "And now I think after taking everything into count this is the best time for me to also retire from Test matches", he said.

Reiterating the importance of the West Indies tour, Misbah said the team strives to win every match it plays and praised his side's Test batting line-up. You get disappointed a bit with your failures but you don't give up.

"It will be my last series and I had conveyed this to the chairman (Pakistan Cricket Board) quite some time ago", Misbah told reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The hosts are coming off an emphatic 3-1 loss to Pakistan in the preceding four-match Twenty20 global series, and find themselves under pressure ahead of the one-day rubber. If I do think about that, then this match here will be very hard to play. In the field, on those panicky Pakistani days, when every single thing seems to worry them, Misbah just rubs his beard.