Misbah to lead Pakistan in Tests against West Indies

Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has decided to continue in his role as Test skipper and will lead the side in the upcoming tour of West Indies, the PCB has confirmed, who also named Sarfraz Ahmed as his vice-captain in Tests.

The 42-year-old has been under severe scrutiny following the six consecutive Test defeats under his reign, and questions were raised over his fitness and poor form with the bat. Misbah admitted to being unsure about his future as a cricketer after the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne last year, and had said he would reassess his desire and hunger for the game before making a call on his retirement.

After his team Islamabad United got knocked out of the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Misbah said he would meet the PCB chairman Shahryar Khan in person upon his arrival to Pakistan and inform him about his final decision in this regard.

“Misbah-ul-Haq has conveyed to the Chairman [of] PCB his desire to continue as captain of the Pakistan Test team,” the PCB said in a statement. “Accordingly, the Chairman has approved his appointment for the upcoming West Indies Test series. The Chairman has also approved appointment of Sarfraz Ahmed as vice-captain of the Pakistan Test team.”

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Previously, Shahrayar Khan had said he is happy to let Misbah make a call on his future himself.

“We will respect Misbah’s decision, whatever it is. But if he is willing to play then he is my captain.” Khan said.

It is also learned that the PCB and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq are putting plans in place for a smooth transition by which Pakistan can replace veterans like Younis Khan and Misbah with young talent.

Pakistan will start the tour of West Indies with four T20 Internationals starting from March 26, followed by a three-match ODI series in early April and then a Test series starting from April 22.

Pakistan’s selection committee is expected to announce the limited-overs’ squad for the series later this week while the Test squad will be announced later.

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