The veteran batting pair of Pakistan Test team, Misbah Ul Haq and Younis Khan have announced their retirement from international cricket and their tour to West Indies will be their last international assignment.
Pakistan cricket fans are worried that the two will leave a huge vacuum in the team and there are hardly any players on the bench that can fulfil their big shoes.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur is up for the challenge and is excited for Pakistan cricket’s future.
Arthur told ESPNCricinfo that he was lucky when he was coaching the Proteas that he had a couple of seniors with some quality young players.
“That’s what you live for as a coach. I’ve been lucky in my team with South Africa, where we inherited a team with a couple of senior players, and we put in players like [AB] de Villiers, [Morne] Morkel, [JP] Duminy, [Dale] Steyn,” he told.
The South African believes that seeing players grow and take the team to the top is the best sight for a coach, “To see them grow and get better is the most fulfilling thing that can happen for you as a coach.”
Arthur is positive and looking forward to the future of Pakistan cricket. “I’m hoping the same happens with this Pakistan team, and I’m incredibly excited about the future,” he added.
Pakistan’s 42-year old Test skipper and 39-year old batsman have been the backbone of Pakistan’s batting line in the longest format of the game since about half a decade.
Pakistan have not won a Test series so far in the West Indies and if the team manages to pull off a win here, it will be another feather in retiring duo’s caps and a fitting gift for them.