West Indies, Pakistan begin quest for World Cup berth

"It will be my last series and I had conveyed this to the chairman [of the Pakistan Cricket Board] quite some time ago", Misbah said while speaking to reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium here Thursday. "But for Misbah, it was the best time as he will bow out on a high", he said.

"I have achieved a lot in my career that is why I chose to retire from T20 internationals in 2012 and than ODIs after the World Cup 2015".

This is also the best time for skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to prove his credentials in this series, after calls for him to lead across all formats.

Misbah described not winning the 2011 and 2015 World Cups as his "unfulfilled ambitions".

He confirmed the three match test series in West Indies starting from later this month would be his final for Pakistan.

Former Pakistan skipper Zaheer Abbas has welcomed Misbah-ul-Haq's decision to bid adieu to global cricket, saying it is best time for the 42-year-old as he would retire on a high.

Pakistan won 24 of its 53 Test matches under Misbah and, for the first time, occupied the top Test rankings past year before a dip in form set in.

Zaheer added that a decision to retire doesn't come up that easily and it takes a lot of planning and some tough decisions.

Aleem Dar also gave the hint to retire after 2019 World Cup.

"We became number one in test rankings they also achieved this pinnacle and that too without playing against each other".

Echoing Zaheer's words, former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Sallahuddin Sallu admitted that Misbah called it quit at the right moment before insisting that the most successful captain of our history truly deserves a rousing send-off. "The most important aspect though is that all the players really embraced the culture we are trying to create and worked extremely hard in pushing and challenging themselves to get better, skill wise as well as physically, and I think that showed in our general performance especially in the fielding department", Arthur added. "I just hope bilateral ties resume as soon as conditions improve".

Singling out Shadab's contribution in the series win, the former South African cricketer said the leg-spinner is an extremely talented player who is getting better with each passing day.

"Misbah was a great ambassador for us wherever he went and led the side". "But I will continue playing domestic cricket or T20 leagues", he said. "Other cricket board have all sent us letters praising the team's behavior and his leadership", Shaharyar said.

  • Joanne Flowers