Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq becomes the seventh Pakistan batsman to complete 5,000 runs in Tests. He achieved this feat during the ongoing Test between Pakistan and West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. This Test series will be Misbah’s last. He had made this announcement before the commencement of the series. Younis Khan, who will also retire at the end of this series, is the leading run-scorer for Pakistan with nearly 10,000 runs. Misbah made his Test debut in March 2001 and took over as captain from Salman Butt in 2010 after the Lord’s spot-fixing controversy. He also led Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2015. Under his guidance, Pakistan reached the No. 1 position in Tests, before India replaced them at the top. Live Cricket Scorecard: Pakistan vs West Indies 1st Test at Jamaica
Misbah had made this announcement at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on April 6. “It will be my last series and I had conveyed this to the chairman (Pakistan Cricket Board) quite some time ago,” Misbah told reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. “I will try to finish it on a high note,” according to espncricinfo.com.
“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.”