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Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
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Misbah to retire after Windies Test series

Misbah to retire after Windies Test series

Pakistan's most successful ever Test captain will hang up his boots after the third and final Test against West Indies beginning May 10 after Misbah-ul-Haq confirmed the end of his worldwide career on Thursday.

Captain of Pakistan's Test team, Misbah-ul-Haq, announces his retirement from global cricket.

Pakistan medium pacer Hasan Ali bowled a tight spell and got good support from the rest of the attack to restrict the West Indies to 124/8, after the visitors won the toss and elected to field at the Queen's Park Oval.

Ecstatic over his side's four-match T20I series win against reigning World T20 champions West Indies, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has singled out Shadab Khan's contribution in the triumph, saying that the 18-year-old is a gold to the country's cricket and would surely emerge as a genuine all-rounder in the coming future.

He also briefly led his team to world number one Test rankings past year, despite playing no matches at home due to concerns over security.

"Misbah was a match winning captain and guided Pakistan through troubled times which showed his character", Akram told Geo News.

Former fast bowler Sikander Bakht said no cricketer has ever announced retirement like Misbah did today.

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He also played 162 one-day internationals and 39 T20Is - averaging over 43 and 37 respectively - before retiring from both formats after the 2015 World Cup. However, he did go on to play the New Year's Test in Sydney, which Pakistan lost by 220 runs, and later said he was looking forward to playing the Tests in the West Indies. He never scored a century in ODIs.Misbah admitted that after the recent spot-fixing scandal broke out in the Pakistan Super League he felt disheartened and very sad.

"I am satisfied", he said.

"I don't know Misbah's plan, but I have a feeling that it could be his last series", Ahmed said. "You don't get everything you ask for", he said.

The 42-year-old announced on Thursday that he will retire from Test cricket after Pakistan's Test series against West Indies. "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 worldwide matches".

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.

Misbah, however, expressed his disappointment at not leading the Test side in Pakistan. "I have to come back again, do what I did again and then improve on it for the next series". "Other cricket board have all sent us letters praising the team's behavior and his leadership", Khan said.

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