Misbah to retire after test series against West Indies

Pakistan's long-serving test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who finally announced his retirement from Test cricket termed not leading the national team against India in a Test series will remain one of his biggest regrets.

Misbah made his Test debut in 2001 but had only 19 caps when he was appointed captain, having returned to the squad in 2007 after a four-year absence.

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.

"Just recently, I received letters from Australia's cricket board saying no matter whether your team wins or loses, they are always on your best behaviour", the chairman said, adding Misbah was a commendable "ambassador of Pakistan" overseas and that he set a great example for the men in green to follow.

He is also Pakistan's most successful Test captain, winning 24 of the 53 matches he has captained in this far.

The shared Test series in England last year and the resulting number one Test ranking was the culmination of six years of rebuilding efforts and a proud moment for a loyal servant of the game.

"The most important aspect though is that all the players really embraced the culture we are trying to create and worked extremely hard in pushing and challenging themselves to get better, skill wise as well as physically, and I think that showed in our general performance especially in the fielding department", Arthur added.

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West Indies vs Pakistan ODI Series schedule (all matches in Guyana): 1st ODI (April 7), 2nd ODI (April 9), 3rd ODI (April 11).

"My cricket journey was very good", said Misbah.

Expressing his concern over recent Test defeats faced by Pakistan, Misbah said the slump does not accurately represent the true potential of the team.

Till date, he has played 72 Test matches for Pakistan, scoring 4,951 runs at an average of 44.48. "However, a consensus has been reached that the Test matches against West Indies will be his last series", Khan said. That's why he's been left out, and it's just coincided that the IPL is there and we have no cricket after this IPL series and he hasn't been part of the last Test series. "You don't get everything you ask for". "I was dropped from the team played poorly as well at times".

He was named one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year on Wednesday along with compatriot Younis Khan and English trio Ben Duckett, Chris Woakes and Toby Roland-Jones.

Misbah-ul-Haq will lead Pakistan for the last time.

In 2016, Misbah also became the first Pakistani to play 50 matches as Test captain in a Test series against New Zealand.

  • Ronnie Bowen