Misbah-ul-Haq announces retirement from worldwide cricket


Former greats want Test Skipper Misbah ul Haq to be given a ravishing send-off citing Mianwali-born batsman has served Pakistan cricket magnificently.

Misbah told reporters in a press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, "The series against the West Indies is my last series".

Misbah-ul-Haq will lead Pakistan in the Tests, which follow the three-match one-day series starting in Guyana on Friday.

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

The 18-year-old leg-spinner gained the nod of approval to be one of five newcomers in the Pakistani Test squad, a mere 10 days after making his worldwide debut in the T20 series against the Windies in which he was named Player-of-the-Series for a haul of 10 wickets at 7.50 apiece.

"I've seen many ups and downs during my career", Misbah said.

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

"I had made a decision to retire some time ago", he said, adding that he would continue to play domestic cricket in the near future.

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

He went on to play 72 tests for Pakistan and scored 4951 runs with a 45-plus average, hitting 10 centuries and 36 fifties. "Regarding when I will leave domestic cricket, I will decide it later". But overall it's fine and not like I am under any pressure or somebody has dictated this to me. "The upcoming series against West Indies will be my last", he said. The Pakistani legend has been a vintage player for them, he has seen the team through in hard times and he will always and always been remembered by India as the player who gifted the the 2007 T20 WC glory.

"I hope to end my career on a good note", wishes the 42-year-old skipper.

He eventually captained the Test side in 53 matches, winning 24 and losing 18 games. You get disappointed a bit with your failures but you don't give up.

Misbah-ul-Haq was central to one of the most riveting series in England for years, a 2-2 draw that left fans longing for a decider.

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

It was seen as the ideal moment for Misbah to bow out from the game but he remained at the helm during chastening defeats in New Zealand and then Australia over the winter.