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Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has confirmed that he walk away from international cricket after the upcoming three-Test series against the West Indies.
Misbah, who made the major announcement during a press conference in Lahore, revealed that he had informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) about his decision a while back.
“It will be my last series and I had conveyed this to the chairman (Pakistan Cricket Board) quite some time ago,” Misbah, who retired from ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals after the 2015 World Cup, said. “I will try to finish it on a high note.
“There was no pressure on me. I was planning to quit after the England series in the UAE [in October 2015] but there were some things and I had to carry on playing. But overall it’s fine and not like I am under any pressure or somebody has dictated this to me.
“I have myself understood that this is it and it’s purely my own decision. It’s a wrong impression that the board has enforced this as my last series or there’s a patch-up between me and the cricket board. I thought to play against West Indies because it was important for us as we haven’t won against them in their own backyard.”
Misbah, who is Pakistan’s most successful Test skipper, has been heavily criticised as of late since Pakistan have lost their last six Test matches.
In fact, after the Boxing Day Test against Australia in Melbourne, he revealed that he would take some time to think over his future in international cricket. But, he went on to feature in the third Test in Sydney.
As of now, the 42-year-old has represented Pakistan in 72 Tests and scored 4,951 runs, which puts him at seventh on Pakistan’s list of highest run-scorers in Test cricket.
Misbah was appointed as Test captain in 2010 and eight of his 10 centuries in the format have come during his time in charge of the Test team.