Pakistan's illustrious Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq will retire after the upcoming Test series against the West Indies, he announced Thursday, after months of speculation over his future. Misbah said politics had put a stop to Indo-Pak bilateral ties since 2007 but after he became captain in late 2010 he remained optimistic he would get a chance to captain in a test series against the arch-rivals.
"There was no pressure on me".
Ahmed said non-sub-continental teams do struggle against leg-spinners and Pakistan should take advantage of it in the upcoming one-day and test series against the West Indies.
The performances were in stark contrast to those during the 3-0 whitewash to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last September, when he failed to make an impact with either bat or ball.
He is Pakistans most successful Test captain with 24 wins from his 53 matches in charge, and briefly led his side to the number one Test ranking previous year.
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The top-order batsman also played 162 one-day global before quitting the format after the 2015 World Cup.
"I will continue to play cricket at the domestic level", he added. However, he did go on to play the New Year's Test in Sydney, which Pakistan lost by 220 runs, and later said he was looking forward to playing the Tests in the West Indies.
Pakistan have struggled since their series triumph over the West Indies in the UAE a year ago slumping to six consecutive Test defeats with the skipper struggling for form as his side were whitewashed by New Zealand and Australia on the road.
Misbah said in quotes reported on www.icc-cricket.com: "I am announcing my retirement from worldwide cricket". "It's better we should back him even in hard times ... so that he could take the players in new direction".
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With 10 centuries and 36 half-centuries under his belt, Misbah has overtaken current chairman of selectors Inzamam-ul-Haq's seven, as well as Imran Khan and Javed Miandad's records - each of whom have five apiece. "We just need to play good cricket", said Holder regarding the composition of the 13-man team, which features just one Guyanese in leg-break bowler Devendra Bishoo. "You don't get everything you ask for", he said.
Pakistan then secured a 2-2 draw against England and were crowned the new world number one in Tests.
This will also be the final series before the annual update is carried out on May 1 to ensure the table continues to reflect teams' recent form with older results being discarded.
The matches will be played at the Guyana National Stadium starting on Friday.
"The very first time Akram and I saw Shadab in the nets, we looked at each other and said, "this boy is pure gold", Jones told PakPassion.
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