Misbah-ul-Haq likely to retire after England tour

first_imgPakistan’s most successful Test captain is expected to make a clear announcement about his future on Friday before the national team embarks on its challenging tour to England.Misbah, 42, was compelled by the Pakistan Cricket Board not to retire from Test cricket late last year and lead the team on the England tour and a PCB official said the captain now wanted to clearly outline his future plans before leaving for England. (Also read: Virat Kohli the best batsman in the world: Mohammad Amir) “Misbah will officially announce it in press or would convey it to the board till Friday about his future plans regarding international cricket,” he said.Misbah retired from One-Day Internationals last year after the World Cup and from the T20I format even before that but continues to play Test cricket. (Also read: Pakistan Cricket Board fumes as Mohammad Amir appears on TV show) ACID TEST IN ENGLANDHis critics and supporters believe that the tour to England will define Misbah’s place in Pakistan cricket history as Pakistan in the last four to five years have played their home series in the United Arab Emirates on generally flat pitches.Ironically, Misbah was not part of the Pakistan squad that went to England in late 2010 for a tour which saw the infamous spot-fixing scandal erupt in the fourth and final Test at Lords.But it was after that tour that PCB decided to appoint Misbah as Test captain, a position he has held until now.’FACING ENGLAND PACERS WILL BE BIG CHALLENGE’advertisementMisbah made it clear he remained confident about the team’s chances in England as it boosted a strong bowling line-up and a confident batting line up.”Our batting line is way more experienced than the side which toured England in 2010. Results will be better.”Misbah admitted that the English pace attack posed a serious challenge for the Pakistani batsmen in their home conditions but said the batsmen have been told they must be prepared to stand up and be counted.”Facing the England pace attack will be the biggest challenge for Pakistan. We’ve been preparing for since the past month. Batsmen need to be well-disciplined  against the England attack.”Misbah has twice led Pakistan to Test series wins over England in 2012, completing a 3-0 whitewash and last year as well but both series were played in UAE.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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