Pakistan’s Test captain Misbah ul Haq has been asked by the Pakistan cricket board to postpone his retirement plans until Pakistan’s tour to England and resume his captaincy duties. PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan told the media in a press conference that Misbah would inform the Board beforehand about his retirement plans after the England Test.
“We have told him to delay his retirement for a year if he is thinking on those lines. We feel his presence as a captain and a senior player will be invaluable to the team for the Test tours to England and Australia next year”, Shaharyar said.
Misbah, who is 41 years old, has said in recent press conferences that he would take a decision whether to call it a day or not after the Test series against England in the UAE. Earlier, he had expressed a desire to call curtains on his career after the series against India, which has now been cancelled due to the political tension between the two nations.
Misbah, who became Pakistan’s most successful Test captain after leading his side to victory over England in the second match of the Test series, has said that he doesn’t know what the future holds for him. The middle-order veteran has been the Test captain of his side since the later part of 2010 but to his bad luck hasn’t got an opportunity to lead the team in the longest format in England, Australia or India. Pakistan, hopefully led by Misbah will tour England next summer for a four-match series.