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Misbah Plans to Say Good-Bye

I hope the last time Misbah goes out to bat, he walks in at the typical 20-3. Steers his side close to the target then gets down on his right knee and smashes a hit over cow corner to triumph it, does his signature 10 push-ups, salutes the flag and walks away in a guard of honor by the Pakistan players. We all are hopeful to see this fairy-tale ending as Misbah Ul Haq is going to pull the curtains on his international career.

A day before, Misbah was named among Wisden's prestigious Five Cricketers of the Year and now he has announced to walk for once and all. Coming three test matches between Pakistan and West Indies will be his last internationals however he will continue to play domestic and other leagues.

"It will be my last series and I had conveyed this to the chairman (Pakistan Cricket Board) quite some time ago," Misbah told reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. "I will try to finish it on a high note.

"There was no pressure on me. I was planning to quit after the England series in the UAE [in October 2015] but there were some things and I had to carry on playing. But overall it's fine and not like I am under any pressure or somebody has dictated this to me. I have myself understood that this is it and it's purely my own decision. It's a wrong impression that the board has enforced this as my last series or there's a patch-up between me and the cricket board. I thought to play against West Indies because it was important for us as we haven't won against them in their own backyard."

The 42-year old Misbah, the most successful test captain, with 24 wins from his 53 matches as captain, has also briefly led his side to the number one Test ranking last year despite playing no matches at soil due to security issues. The achievement earned him well-known acclaim throughout the cricketing world. But he faced a series of adversities as he lost six test matches after that and Pakistan’s test ranking dropped down. The next and his last series v West Indies must be a terrific one.

Misbah Ul Haq made his Test debut in 2001 but had only 19 caps when he was appointed the captain, having returned to the squad in 2007 after a four-year absence. He had been dropped earlier in 2010 but was named captain after predecessor Salman Butt was suspended and later jailed on spot-fixing charges, along with Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif. He has scored 4,951 runs in 72 Tests at an average of 45.84, hitting the most recent of his 10 centuries in a victory over England at Lord's in July, stated by BBC.

"There will be a farewell ceremony for Misbah and he will be given honors for his services to Pakistan cricket", Chairman PCB Shahryar Khan said in a statement, “It's from Misbah's leadership that his team take inspiration & it's due to him they are true ambassadors of Pakistan"

 

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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