In what is coming as a shocking news, Pakistan Test skipper Misbah ul Haq will be retiring after the West Indies series. According to Express News, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan said that the West Indies series will be Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq’s final Test series. The 42-year old has been one of the most successful Test skippers for Pakistan and under hs reign, Pakistan surged to the ICC No. 1 Test Rankings spot in the month of August after the historically drew the four-game Test series at 2-2. Moreover, this news comes just one day after Misbah along with his veteran partner Younis Khan were added to the prestigious list of Wisden Cricketer of the year.
But the situation turned upside down for the right-handed batsman when Pakistan lost six Tests on the trot starting with the final Test against West Indies in UAE. Pakistan later toured New Zealand and were beaten 0-2 against New Zealand followed by a humiliating 0-3 defeat against Australia in Australia. This 6 defeats drew a lot of criticism on Misbah and his captaincy doubting his leadership skills.
Misbah had cleared the air over his retirement by declaring that he would be contemplating his future after the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 where he captained the Islamabad United.