Pakistan test captain Misbah-ul-Haq
- Author: Darren Santiago Apr 07, 2017,
Apr 07, 2017, 2:22
Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq is yet to announce if the tour to the West Indies will be his final one for Pakistan but the Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan on Wednesday (April 5) made it clear that the series will bring the curtains down on the veteran batsman's worldwide career.
"We should all support the player whoever is given the responsibility of Test captaincy after Misbah", he said.
"The series against the West Indies is my last series", the 42-year-old told reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, adding he was under no pressure to retire.
Senior sports journalist Majid Bhatti said Misbah's announcement is a positive for Pakistan cricket.
Misbah won an army of admirers for being at the forefront of Pakistan's rise to the top of the Test cricket rankings only previous year, despite his side facing the burden of being unable to play any of their cricket at home. "I will try to finish it on a hight note", Pakistan's most successful Test captain said.
The first Test starts in Jamaica on April 21, the second in Barbados on April 30 and the third in Dominica on May 10. "Overall maybe Pakistan doesn't get much support, but we all, including me, make sure we as a country are behind our team and support our players so that morally they should go and fight in global matches".
Having taken the reins when the team was in the midst of a turbulent phase, Misbah guided Pakistan to the number one spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test ranking. But overall it's fine and not like I am under any pressure or somebody has dictated this to me.
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Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair has hailed the participation of the foreign teams in the fifth edition of the Blind Cricket ODI World Cup to be staged in Pakistan early next year.
Last year, he became the oldest Test centurion in 82 years to reach three figures at the "home of cricket" - the Lord's Cricket Ground - during a four-Test series against England. He took nine wickets in eight matches and was rewarded for his efforts by being fast-tracked into the Pakistan limited-overs squad for the series against the West Indies. "You don't get everything you ask for".
"Chadwick Walton I saw him for the first time in the flesh during the T20 series".
"I had a dream of winning the World Cup for Pakistan, but then I also had a dream of captain the team in Pakistan".
Misbah-ul-Haq will lead Pakistan for the last time.
Pakistan continued to surge in Tests and in 2016, they secured a 2-2 draw against England and they were crowned the new World No.1 in Tests.