dglobalnews.com Misbah announces retirement from worldwide cricket
Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Misbah announces retirement from worldwide cricket

Misbah announces retirement from worldwide cricket

Pakistan selectors on Wednesday picked 18-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan among five uncapped test players for the three-match series against the West Indies.

West Indies and Pakistan play three Tests during the upcoming series including the opening match, the 50th to be staged at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, along with contests at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados and Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan has announced to hold a ceremony in honour of Captain Misbah-ul Haq upon his return from the West Indies.

While talking to the media in Lahore, the 82-year-old said the board will give proper farewell to Misbah for his achievements after the West Indies tour.

"I know my googlies are getting famous, but that's not the only one", Shadab told Associated Press from Guyana on Monday.

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

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

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

The shared Test series in England last year and the resulting number one Test ranking was the culmination of six years of rebuilding efforts and a proud moment for a loyal servant of the game.

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Pakistan's long-serving test captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

Misbah has the record of being Pakistan's skipper in most Test matches.

It is the first time ever that Pakistan managed to bowl as many as three maidens in a T20 global and also the first occasion the West Indies, the reigning World T20 champions, conceded three maidens when batting in the game's shortest format. "I haven't made up my mind on my immediate future after cricket", he added.

Ahmed said Pakistan has a more established test team than the West Indies and conditions in the Caribbean will be more like the UAE, which will help the Pakistan bowlers.

"I felt disappointed with some bad performances recently, but we shouldn't giving up hope and efforts towards the good".

Misbah who has appeared in 72 Tests, 162 ODIs and 39 T20 matches for Pakistan said he had not as yet decided what career he would adopt after stepping down as Test captain.

"When I started playing club cricket I used to be a fast bowler, " Shadab said. "You don't get everything you ask for".

While Misbah played only one Test on the New Zealand tour, scoring 44, in Australia he managed 76 in three Tests at an average of 12.66.

"Sarfraz is already doing captaincy in two formats and we should support him", Misbah said.

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