Pakistan's Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq today announced his retirement from worldwide cricket, saying the upcoming series in the West Indies will be his last assignment.
Misbah will lead Pakistan in the Tests against the West Indies, the first of which starts in Jamaica on April 21, the second in Barbados on April 30 and the third in Dominica on May 10.
Pakistan's most successful skipper Misbah-ul-Haq will retire after the upcoming Test series against the West Indies, he announced Thursday, ending months of speculation over his future. In 2015, Shadab was part of the Pakistan Under-17 team which played against England in the United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan has won 24 of their 53 Test matches under Misbah and, for the first time, occupied the top Test rankings previous year before a dip in form.
Misbah said Sarfraz Ahmed was now a captain of two formats - ODI and T20s - hence everyone should now support and back him, he added.
"No discussions have been held with Misbah regarding his retirement".
West Indies will be wary of Pakistan's spinners, especially Shadab Khan who was the player of the series in the T20 section of the tour.
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Ahmed said Pakistan has a more established test team than the West Indies and conditions in the Caribbean will be more like the UAE, which will help the Pakistan bowlers. He never scored a century in ODIs.Misbah admitted that after the recent spot-fixing scandal broke out in the Pakistan Super League he felt disheartened and very sad. "Overall maybe Pakistan doesn't get much support, but we all, including me, make sure we as a country are behind our team and support our players so that morally they should go and fight in worldwide matches".
Commenting on Misbah's decision, PCB chairman Shahryar Khan said Misbah's contributions for Pakistan cricket are tremendous.
Senior sports journalist Majid Bhatti said Misbah's announcement is a positive for Pakistan cricket.
The Pakistan skipper said the series against West Indies will be his last. "You don't get everything you ask for". But overall it's fine and not like I am under any pressure or somebody has dictated this to me. Misbah-ul-Haq was central to one of the most riveting series in England for years, a 2-2 draw that left fans longing for a decider.
The matches will be played at the Guyana National Stadium starting on Friday.
In December 2016, Misbah became the first Pakistani cricketer to have won the ICC Spirit of the Year award.