Misbah likely to speak about retirement on Friday

ISLAMABAD: Test Skipper Misbahul Haq is most likely to speak-up about his retirement plans on Friday.

Pakistan will tour England this month for four Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20. The first Test will kick off on July 14 and Misbah will be leading the national test team in the series.

However it was believed that the series against England would be Misbah’s last one. Talking to APP, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said most likely Misbah will officially announce it in press conference or would convey it to the board till Friday of whether he wants to continue playing international cricket or not.

Responding to a question, regarding the series against England in July to be Misbah’s last one, the official said it is not yet confirmed. “He hasn’t taken any final decision yet but it is better for every player to leave the game on a high note,” he said adding as people remember players’ last and final performances.

Misbah retired from Twenty20 cricket in 2012 and left the one-day international game after Pakistan’s quarter-final finish in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in March. Misbah has played 61 tests (4,352 runs), 162 ODIs (5,122 runs), 39 Twenty20s (788 runs) and 208 first-class matches (15,292 runs).

Misbah is rated as the most successful test captain of Pakistan as he led Pakistan in 42 test matches, winning 20, losing 11 with 11 draws. Misbah is also the captain of Islamabad United team and under his captaincy it won the first edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

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