Pakistan's Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq today announced his retirement from global cricket, saying the upcoming series in the West Indies will be his last assignment.
Pakistan take on West Indies in a three-match series, with the first Test in Kingston starting on 21 April.
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. The Pakistan captain who turns 43 next month said he had seen lot of ups and downs in his career. He transformed the Pakistan test team into world-beaters, especially on slow wickets in the United Arab Emirates, which has been Pakistan's "home" venue since 2009.
The 18-year-old made his global debut in Pakistan's Twenty20 worldwide series win against West Indies last month and was named Player of the Series after picking up 10 wickets in four matches.
Misbah took over the reins of captaining Pakistan's Test side in 2010 after the spot-fixing scandal that broke out in England, resulting in the suspension of Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt. "I haven't made up my mind on my immediate future after cricket", he added.
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"The upcoming series against West Indies will be my last". "But I will continue playing domestic cricket or T20 leagues".
The National Selection Committee, headed by Inzamam, announced the squad after consultation with head coach Mickey Arthur and captain Misbah-ul-Haq. You get disappointed a bit with your failures but you don't give up. I was dropped from the team at times. They are not getting any consistent performances and that is what a good team is based on - consistency. In the third ODI on Saturday, opener Evin Lewis slammed 91 to lead West Indies to a seven- wicket win, the only victory for West Indies in the series. 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.
The hosts are coming off an emphatic 3-1 loss to Pakistan in the preceding four-match Twenty20 global series, and find themselves under pressure ahead of the one-day rubber.
Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram speaking to Geo News said Misbah should be given a deserving farewell. "I just hope the players now learn their lesson". "He has a wealth of knowledge on the game and we know he will make a great contribution", said Jimmy Adams, the WICB Director of Cricket.