Pakistan's Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq today announced his retirement from global cricket, saying the upcoming series in the West Indies will be his last assignment.
Misbah, who made the major announcement during a press conference in Lahore, revealed that he had informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) about his decision a while back. In August a year ago, Pakistan rose to the No. 1 Test ranking for the first time after drawing the series against England, and Misbah rated this as his best moment.
"There were many hardships in my career but for now I am focusing on the present".
Misbah is the first Pakistani player to win the award with the previous winners being MS Dhoni (2011), Daniel Vettori (2012), Mahela Jayawardena (2013), Katherine Brunt (2014) and Brendon McCullum (2015), said ICC.
Misbah has led Pakistan in 53 Tests, emerging triumphant 24 times.
"I had a dream of winning the World Cup for Pakistan, but then I also had a dream of captain the team in Pakistan. He has played his innings well to become Pakistan´s most successful skipper", he added. "However, a consensus has been reached that the Test matches against West Indies will be his last series", Khan said.
Misbah also bested a 49-year-old Pakistan record at Lord's by improving upon the 76 made by Asif Iqbal in his maiden Test knock at the venue while batting at No 9 in 1967.
Singling out Shadab's contribution in the series win, the former South African cricketer said the leg-spinner is an extremely talented player who is getting better with each passing day. "I was dropped from the team played poorly as well at times".
In fact, after the Boxing Day Test against Australia in Melbourne, he revealed that he would take some time to think over his future in worldwide cricket. "So overall, I am satisfied with my performance". "You don't get everything you ask for", he said. "It was a big achievement to make Pakistan number 1". However, Misbah's form and the team's fortunes took a beating in the series against New Zealand and Australia.
Misbah who has appeared in 72 Tests, 162 ODIs and 39 T20 matches for Pakistan said he had not as yet decided what career he would adopt after stepping down as Test captain.
The second match will be played on 3 June and final match of the T20I series will be played on 5 of June.
"The very first time Akram and I saw Shadab in the nets, we looked at each other and said, "this boy is pure gold", Jones told PakPassion.