Misbah-ul-Haq to retire from internationals after West Indies tour

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07 April, 2017

"It will be my last series and I had conveyed this to the chairman (of the Pakistan Cricket Board) some time ago", Misbah said Thursday in eastern city of Lahore.

Finally, Misbah-ul-Haq has announced his retirement from Test cricket.

Shadab, 18, who rose to fame in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League in February-March, took 10 wickets in Pakistan's 3-1 T20 series victory against the West Indies last week.

Misbah, who is Pakistan's most successful Test skipper, has been heavily criticised as of late since Pakistan have lost their last six Test matches.

"The series will be crucial and as I said it's very important that we play good cricket". "And I maintain we need to have exemplary punishment for players found guilty of corruption in cricket", he said.

Misbah, who retired from ODIs and T20Is after the 2015 World Cup, has played 72 Test matches so far, scoring 4951 runs and is now seventh on the list of Pakistan's highest Test run-getters. "I believe that if I put in more hard work, I will definitely get more rewards in worldwide cricket", Shadab said.

"Chadwick Walton I saw him for the first time in the flesh during the T20 series". In August previous year, 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.

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The Mianwali-born said that he had witnessed many ups and downs during his career, but overall he is satisfied with the contribution he made to the country. "I really work hard on leg-spin and flippers too and will try to be the best in all three varieties".

"Sarfraz is leading Pakistan in limited-over formats, it would be good if everyone supports him", Misbah said.

However, that is how life is. "You don't get everything you ask for".

Meanwhile from the visiting camp, Assistant Coach Steve Rixon said the ODI series was the main focus for the Pakistanis as it is being used as preparations for the upcoming Champions Trophy.

Pakistan then secured a 2-2 draw against England and were crowned the new world number one in Tests.

Speculation regarding Misbah's retirement had been sparked by Pakistan's disastrous tours of Australia and New Zealand. Pakistan suffered their first series loss against New Zealand in 31 years while they were whitewashed 3-0 in Australia for the fourth consecutive time.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.


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