Pakistan Test Team Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has said that upcoming Test Series in the West Indies will bring curtains down on his International Cricket Career. He confirmed about his retirement and said that West Indies Series would be his last Cricket Series.
Talking to media at Qaddafi Stadium Lahore, Pakistan’s Test Captain said that he has taken his decision without having any pressure and he will try his level best to end his career on a high note by winning the Test Series against West Indies.
Misbah said he had planned earlier that West Indies Series is important to bring confidence back to the team because the performance of the team had not been up-to-the-mark. He admitted that his team didn’t do well up to its talent in recent Test Matches.
Misbah-ul-Haq stated that when they are losing six Test Matches in a row, then there must be some reason behind this failure. The skipper, however, said he would continue playing domestic cricket for some time.
Reviewing his cricket career, the captain said he is proud with whatever he had achieved during his cricketing journey. Misbah added that through they had won ICC World T20 in 2009 but it was his dream to win 2011 and 2015 Cricket World Cup that unfortunately couldn’t be fulfilled.
Replying a question, Misbah-ul-Haq said he has not yet planned what would he be doing after quitting cricket but he will continue playing domestic cricket for some time. He said that Sarfraz Ahmed is now a captain of two formats, ODI and T20, therefore everyone should now support and back him as it would be better if a single mind will operate all three formats.
He recalled that the best time of his career was when the Pakistan Team became Number One in the Test Rankings. Holding the Test Mace here in Pakistan was his best cricketing moment and the highlight of his entire career, the 42-year old skipper added.
Misbah-ul-Haq holds the record of captaining Pakistan in most number of Test Matches as skipper. Till date, he has played 72 Test Matches for Pakistan, scoring 4,951 runs at an Average of 44.48. He has 10 Centuries and 36 Half-Centuries to his name with a highest score of 161.
In ODIs, Misbah scored 5,122 runs in 162 matches at an Average of 43.40. His highest ODI score is 96. He only played 39 T20 International Matches, scoring 788 runs at an Average of 37.52. High highest score in T20 is 87.
In December 2016, Misbah became the first Pakistani Cricketer to have won the ICC Spirit of the Year Award. The ICC statement said the 42-year-old was adjudged the winner for inspiring Pakistani players to play the game in its true spirit, at the same time lifting the Pakistan cricket team from number-four to number-one on the ICC Test Team Rankings. Remarkably, this was achieved without playing any Test matches in his home country, it added.
Misbah is the first Pakistani Player to have won ICC Spirit of Cricket Award with the previous winners being MS Dhoni (2011), Daniel Vettori (2012), Mahela Jayawardena (2013), Katherine Brunt (2014) and Brendon McCullum (2015).