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Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has revealed that he is “most likely” to travel to the Caribbean with the national team in March.
It was unclear whether Misbah would retire after the recent tour of Australia, but it seems as if the 42-year-old feels that he can still be an asset to Pakistan.
With Pakistan having lost their last six Test matches, there is mounting pressure on Misbah to bid international cricket adieu, but the veteran batsman doesn’t seem to have any plans to call it quits just yet.
“It was tough on me recently with my form but now overall everything is going well so far,” he told ESPNcricinfo. “I am spending time in middle, hitting the ball pretty well. Played practice matches before the PSL started and had sessions of range hitting so getting confidence with every passing game.
“I am also enjoying the game so it’s most likely that I am going to the West Indies. I always believed if had to go [and play cricket] then I have to go with form and confidence otherwise there was no point of going.”
It is understood that chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq wants to have one captain for all formats and is determined to inject some young blood in Pakistan’s Test squad. But, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan is willing to let Misbah continue leading the national team in the longest format.
“We will respect Misbah’s decision, whatever it is. But if he is willing to play then he is my captain,” Shaharyar said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur revealed that he has spoken to Misbah about his future and added that he will speak to the Test captain once again next week.
“I am scheduled to have another chat with Misbah next week and we will see how that all transpires,” he said. “The one thing that for certain is Misbah has been fantastic for Pakistan cricket. He has been a great leader and he has been a great servant and he deserves all the accolades that he will get eventually whether that is now or whenever he does go. So I can’t shed any more lights on that because I don’t know and I am not even sure that Misbah knows it himself.”