Pakistan’s Test captain, Misbah Ul Haq has formally announced that the upcoming Test series against West Indies will be his last international series.
“I am announcing my retirement from international cricket,” said Misbah. “The upcoming series against West Indies will be my last,” he added.
The 42-year old revealed he had earlier decided that West Indies series will be his last international assignment and he had no pressure for quitting the game whatsoever.
The most successful Test captain of Pakistan told that he will continue to play domestic cricket for some years and he will decide about his domestic cricket’s future later.
Misbah Ul Haq’s had a rollercoaster ride as Pakistan’s skipper, he took the charge of the team when the team was suffering from the aftermath of spot-fixing scandal in 2010 and took the team to the top ranked Test side in 2016.
“I have seen many ups and downs during my career,” he said. “I was dropped from the team played poorly as well at times. But then I had some great moments too where we became the number one Test team in the world. So overall, I am satisfied with my performance.”
Misbah shared that one of his dreams was to win the 2015 World Cup in Australia, where he failed miserably and quit ODI cricket, but he is fine with that as one cannot achieve everything he desires for.
“I had a dream of winning the World Cup (2015) for Pakistan, but then I also had a dream of captain the team in Pakistan. However, that is how life is. You don’t get everything you ask for.”
Misbah, however, does not seemed much happy with the recent performances of the team as they suffered six consecutive losses (one against West Indies, two against New Zealand and three against Australia). It has made West Indies series an important series to get the confidence back.
“When we are losing six Test matches in a row, there must be some reason behind this failure,” he said.
He want his last outing with the Star on his chest to be successful so that he can call it a day on international cricket on a high note.