Misbah announces retirement from international cricket

Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has confirmed that he walk away from global cricket after the upcoming three-Test series against the West Indies.

During his stint as captain, Misbah led them to the pole position in the ICC Test Rankings which they surrendered to their arch-rivals India.

After Pakistan slipped to a 3-0 series defeat in Australia, there were speculations that Misbah would hang up his boots, but the 42-year-old made a decision to play the three-match Test rubber against West Indies.

Misbah-ul-Haq will quit global cricket after the three-Test series in West Indies starting later this month.

Pakistan won 24 of its 53 test matches under Misbah and, for the first time, occupied the top test rankings a year ago before a dip in form set in.

He registered 10 test series wins as a captain, which is the most by an Asian skipper.

The three Tests will be played in Jamaica, Barbados and Dominica between 21st April and 14th May.

"The best moment was when the test mace came to Pakistan after we won the series against England", Misbah said.




"They [selectors] should not indulge in experiments at this point in time because I feel Shadab should not be put under unnecessary pressure", said the spin legend, who took 171 wickets in 50 Tests between 1976 to 1988.

Remarkably, no one in the long history of Test match cricket has managed more centuries than Misbah beyond the age of 40. The West Indies Test series scheduled for this month will be his last, Misbah confirmed.

"I had some unfinished business, but that's how life is", he said.

"I had a dream of winning the World Cup for Pakistan, but then I also had a dream of captaining the team in Pakistan". So the selectors gave him the option of going to the IPL as well, which I think is a good thing.

The 18-year-old leg-spinner gained the nod of approval to be one of five newcomers in the Pakistani Test squad. "You don't get everything you ask for". So overall, I am satisfied with my performance.

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

Misbah performs iconic push-ups to celebrate achievement when Pakistan secured number-one Test ranking.

He hasn't looked back since, eking out a creditable series draw in England over the summer this year and nearly leading Pakistan to what would have been a fairly tale Test win against Australia.

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