A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: I have no intentions to retire just yet, says Misbah-ul-Haq

Ul-Haq vows to continue representing Pakistan as long as he has the passion to play cricket

Pakistan ODI and Test captain Mishbah-ul-Haq has announced that he has no intentions of retiring just yet, despite having to constantly defend his role as skipper and his form with the bat throughout the year.

Ul-Haq has come under heavy criticism for his slow-paced batting, but revealed that as long as he had the passion to play cricket, he would continue to represent Pakistan.

“There is this misconception in our country that a player who is of my age shouldn’t be playing and should retire,” ul-Haq said. “My philosophy is age does not matter as long as I retain my passion to perform at the international level and I am doing this.

“People say I bat slowly but I know I have a role to play in the team and I do that. People remember how I got out in the 2007 World T20 final against India, they don’t remember how we got to that stage. People say I am not a finisher and have not scored a century in One-day cricket but I can recount many innings when I remained unbeaten and finished matches.”

Ul-Haq also called on the fans, media and national selectors to take a different viewpoint on senior players.

“I think what is most important for us is that we bring consistency in our selection and allow players a proper chance to settle down in the team,” ul-Haq added. “A player needs to know clearly how much the selectors and team management are willing to go with him. I have as captain tried to introduce consistency in the team but have not always been successful in this.

“We also need to value our players in whom we have invested a lot and we need to utilise their seniority and experience properly and consistently.”

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