Misbah wants to prolong his career till the Australian trip
Pakistan’s current test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has set his eyes on playing on the Australian tour later this year. Although Misbah was considering retiring after the home series against England in UAE last year but on PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan’s request Misbah decided to prolong his career.
Misbah is hopeful that his form and fitness can last for a longer duration because that way he can easily progress at this level. He added that he wants to leave the team in a position where the side is in a stable position and the side is in safe hands when it changes leadership.
“If I manage to play the England series then I should also play the upcoming West Indies, New Zealand and Australia series as well mainly because (there are) close gaps (between series),” he told ESPNCricinfo.
“Although I am certain about my will of playing all the series it will also be subject to my form and fitness as if it goes down then I will walk away rather than being a burden on the team.
“All you think is positive and I want to contribute and this is why I am planning to play a certain length of time so that youngsters are ready to take my place.
“I hope by the time I leave, the Pakistan Test team is in safe hands and standing solidly on their own feet. “If the team remains intact, when a new captain replaces me it shouldn’t feel any different.”
Misbah also pointed out that he will go and play in England before the official tour to get acclimatized with the conditions.
“I am fine and hopefully this injury won’t be an issue ahead,” he said.
“Unfortunately I didn’t get an opportunity to play county cricket but I am planning to go England with few of our boys before the tour to play some practice matches adapt in the condition there.
“I have the (Pakistan’s domestic) one-day cup, conditioning camps and A-team tour ahead so I am looking forward.
“It has been very tough being idle but I made my mind up to play the England series.”