Misbah announces retirement from international cricket

Pakistan's most successful skipper Misbah-ul-Haq will retire after the upcoming Test series against the West Indies, he announced Thursday, ending months of speculation over his future.

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

"I had some unfinished business, but that's how life is".

In 2016, Misbah also became the first Pakistani to play 50 matches as Test captain in a Test series against New Zealand.

"The Test team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in West Indies and the recent performances of players during the domestic and global season", said chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.

"The series against West Indies is a good opportunity to bring the team back on the winning track".

He took over the captaincy in 2010, reshaping the country's reputation and squad after the spot fixing scandal in England that threatened to tear Pakistan cricket apart. 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.

He has scored 4,951 runs in 72 Tests at an average of 45.84, hitting the most recent of his 10 centuries in victory over England at Lord's in July. Earlier this year, coach Mickey Arthur described Misbah as "integral" to the Pakistan side.

ACB said the Afghan team is for the first time facing the Champions of the T20 Internationals, expressing hopes that the Afghan team would put on display a good performance during the One Day Internationals against the host.

He hinted at quitting after Pakistan lost in Melbourne, but went on to lead his team in Sydney, which Pakistan lost by 220 runs.

Reminiscing on his cricket career, he said he was proud and content with whatever he had achieved during his cricketing journey. "You don't get everything you ask for". You always try to learn from it and get better. Whatever achievements I had I am quite happy with it. After the loss to Australia, their chairman called me and said the attitude of the team was exemplary.

Misbah led Pakistan to the top of Test rankings for a brief period of time. "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. According to Misbah, winning the 2015 World Cup remained an unfulfilled dream.

  • Wendy Palmer