West Indies tour to be Misbah's last series: PCB Chairman

Posted April 07, 2017

Pakistan's Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has announced his retirement from worldwide cricket, telling reporters on Thursday that the series against West Indies would be his last.

Former leg-spin great Abdul Qadir said the test reins should also be handed over to the ODI and Twenty20 captain Sarfraz Ahmed after end of the Test series against West Indies beginning April 7.

Speaking to media at a press conference in Lahore, Misbah spoke of a regret at not having captained Pakistan in cricket, his entire tenure serving during their global exile.

Khan told the media in Lahore that the Test series in West Indies will be the last for Misbah.

"There was no pressure on me".

"I believe that if I put in more hard work, I will definitely get more rewards in worldwide cricket, " Shadab said.

Pakistan has not won a test series in the West Indies and that has been taken as a challenge by Misbah in his last global assignment.

When asked about "unfulfilled aspirations", Misbah said he had really wanted the Pakistan team to win the 2011 and 2015 World Cup tournaments.

Misbah said receiving the Test mace when Pakistan became the number one Test team in the world a year ago remains among the best memories of his career.

Misbah was appointed as Test captain in 2010 and eight of his 10 centuries in the format have come during his time in charge of the Test team.

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.

Misbah has the record of being Pakistan's skipper in most Test matches.

The top-order batsman also played 162 one-day worldwide before quitting the format after the 2015 World Cup. "It is a personal decision and the Pakistan Cricket Board has nothing to do with it. So overall, I am satisfied with my performance". "We just need to play good cricket", said Holder regarding the composition of the 13-man team, which features just one Guyanese in leg-break bowler Devendra Bishoo.

After the loss against Australia, Misbah said reversed an earlier announcement that he would quit by saying that he would take his time to decide on the future.

Expressing his concern over recent Test defeats faced by Pakistan, Misbah said the slump does not accurately represent the true potential of the team. "It's better we should back him even in hard times ... so that he could take the players in new direction". "You don't get everything you ask for", he said.

The hosts are coming off an emphatic 3-1 loss to Pakistan in the preceding four-match Twenty20 worldwide series, and find themselves under pressure ahead of the one-day rubber. However, leaving the 0-2 thrashing against New Zealand, followed by 0-3 whitewash against Australia, the 42-year-old has been the shining star for the side.

The second match will be played on 3 June and final match of the T20I series will be played on 5 of June.

In December 2016, Misbah became the first Pakistani cricketer to have won the ICC Spirit of the Year award.