Misbah-ul-Haq announces retirement from Test cricket
02:15, Apr 7, 2017
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Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq will call it a day for the national side after the up and coming series against the West Indies.
Misbah said politics had put a stop to Indo-Pak bilateral ties since 2007 but after he became captain in late 2010 he remained optimistic he would get a chance to captain in a test series against the arch-rivals.
Misbah-ul-Haq further added that he will continue to play domestic cricket and other leagues.
Since taking over the captaincy in the wake of an global spot-fixing scandal in 2010, Misbah has led Pakistan in 53 Tests, winning 24 losing 18 and drawing 11. "I will try to finish it on a hight note", Pakistan's most successful Test captain said.
West Indies vs Pakistan ODI Series schedule (all matches in Guyana): 1st ODI (April 7), 2nd ODI (April 9), 3rd ODI (April 11). "We gave Kamran chances in the recent Twenty20 [in West Indies] and he is in the one-day squad but in the presence of the main wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed it was tough to get him in the Test side", he said.
When asked about "unfulfilled aspirations", Misbah said he had really wanted the Pakistan team to win the 2011 and 2015 World Cup tournaments.
The 42-year-old has been struggling for form and in the last five Tests this year, Misbah has managed just 177 runs at an average of 17.7.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said the conclusion of the agreement for West Indies series is a major achievement.
Speculation regarding Misbah's retirement had been sparked by Pakistan's disastrous tours of Australia and New Zealand.
"I had some unfinished business, but that's how life is". They are not getting any consistent performances and that is what a good team is based on - consistency. In the third ODI on Saturday, opener Evin Lewis slammed 91 to lead West Indies to a seven- wicket win, the only victory for West Indies in the series. The Pakistani legend has been a vintage player for them, he has seen the team through in hard times and he will always and always been remembered by India as the player who gifted the the 2007 T20 WC glory.
"Sarfraz is leading Pakistan in limited-over formats, it would be good if everyone supports him", Misbah said. "You don't get everything you ask for". "I'm looking forward to seeing what he can provide in the top order", Law said.
Misbah-ul-Haq will lead Pakistan for the last time.
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