Misbah ‘most-likely’ to lead against West Indies


Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said he is looking forward to leading Pakistan in Test matches in the upcoming tour of Carribean, beginning on March 31st.

Misbah 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.

“It was tough on me recently with my form but now overall everything is going well so far,” Misbah said to ESPNcricinfo. “I am spending time in middle, hitting the ball pretty well. Played practice matches before the PSL started and had sessions of range hitting so getting confidence with every passing game.

“I am also enjoying the game so it’s most likely that I am going to the West Indies. I always believed if had to go [and play cricket] then I have to go with form and confidence otherwise there was no point of going.”

The 42-year-old 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.

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It is 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. However, the PCB chairman, Shahryar Khan, said he is happy to let Misbah make a call on his own.

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

Pakistan Head coach Mickey Arthur is also in talks with Misbah regarding his future, as both of them are currently in the UAE for the Pakistan Super League.

Misbah, who has already led Pakistan to most wins (24) in Test, will lead the defending champions – Islamabad United – in the second edition of the PSL in UAE.

“I am scheduled to have another chat with Misbah next week and we will see how that all transpires. The one thing that for certain is Misbah has been fantastic for Pakistan cricket. He has been a great leader and he has been a great servant and he deserves all the accolades that he will get eventually whether that is now or whenever he does go. So I can’t shed any more lights on that because I don’t know and I am not even sure that Misbah knows it himself.” he said.

West Indies will host Pakistan in two t20 international matches at Sabina Park on March 31st and April 2nd respectively, which will be followed by a series of three 50-over games on April 7,9 and 11 — all of which will be played at the Guyana National Stadium.

The three Test matches are also incorporated into the tight schedule: first at Sabina Park on April 22nd, second at Kensington Oval on April 30, and third at Windsor Park on May 10.

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