Misbah-ul-Haq announces international retirement post West Indies series

The Pakistan Test captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, on 6 April 2017 announced that he would be retiring from international cricket after the end of the Test series in West Indies. However, the cricketer will continue to play cricket at the domestic level. Pakistan is scheduled to play three Test matches against West Indies, the first of which will start on 21 April 2017 in Jamaica.

Misbah had taken over the captaincy of the Test team in the wake of the spot-fixing controversy in 2010 in which Salman Butt, the captain then, was banned for five years alongside Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. Born 28 May 1974, Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi leads the Test Pakistan national cricket team. He also served as the One Day International (ODI) captain until his retirement from ODI cricket after the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

He is a middle-order batsman. He made his Test debut in March 2001, and has so far aggregated 4951 runs in 72 games at an average of 45.84. He holds the world record of scoring most runs without century in ODI career. He also holds the record of the fastest test half century and shared the record for fastest test century with Sir Vivian Richards, which was later broken by Brendon McCullum. He was one of the five Cricketers of the Year, alongside compatriot Younis Khan, chosen by the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack for 2016.

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