Pakistan captain Misbah to retire after Windies Tests
Misbah-ul-Haq has announced his retirement from international cricket. The Test series against West Indies will be his last.
There had been a lot of conjecture around the future of the Pakistan captain for over a year now, with reports having suggested he would be giving up on the leadership and retiring at the end of the tour of England last season. However, he continued to lead the side that took on New Zealand and Australia and lost all those Test matches.
Misbah continued to captain the team but the end looked to be near, and he announced his decision to retire from Test match cricket at the end of the series against West Indies. He had already retired from the limited-overs format of the game.
He said in a press conference the series against West Indies will be his last.
“I am announcing my retirement from international cricket. The upcoming series against West Indies will be my last,” Misbah said.
The good news for Misbah fans is that he has announced that he will continue playing domestic cricket. What that implies is that the Pakistan Super League fans could see Misbah ul Haq feature in the third edition of the PSL which is expected to be held in 2018. Misbah captains the Islamabad United and had led them to a victory in the first edition in 2016.
He said he will take a decision around playing at the domestic level later in the year.
The Pakistani captain featured in 72 Tests and 162 One-Day Internationals, apart from a handful of T20Is including the 2007 World T20 where he was famously the last man out in the final of the tournament.