Vastavam Web: Pakistan’s Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Thursday announced his retirement from international cricket, saying the upcoming series in the West Indies will be his last assignment.The 42-year-old has been leading the Test side since 2010, taking over the reins in the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal in England.The first of the three-Test series against the West Indies begins in Jamaica on April 21, followed by a Test in Barbados on April 30. The series concludes with the third and final Test in Dominica, starting on May 10.
“I am announcing my retirement from international cricket. The upcoming series against West Indies will be my last,” he said.Misbah, who was named one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year on Wednesday, has led his side in 53 Tests since taking over and won 24 times.”I will continue to play cricket at the domestic level.Regarding when I will leave domestic cricket, I will decide it later.”I’ve seen many ups and downs during my career. 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 said he was disappointed at not having fulfilled his dream of winning the World Cup.
His first assignment was the Test series against South Africa, following which he led the team to a 1-0 win over New Zealand. The crowning glory for Misbah and Pakistan was their 3-0 whitewash of England in the 2012 series, which was their first win against England in seven years.In 2014, Misbah smashed a century in both innings as he led Pakistan to their first series win against Australia in 20 years.