Babar Azam helps Pakistan draw level
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 5:54
"Well played to Evin and to Powell who set it up really and I think Ashley played a really special little innings in the end to help us take it home".
A superb unbeaten 125 from Babar Azam and a five-wicket haul to Hasan Ali led Pakistan to a comfortable 74-run victory in its second one-day cricket global against the West Indies in Providence, Guyana on Sunday, levelling the three-match series 1-1.
"I also see not winning the 2011 and 2015 World Cups as the unfulfilled ambitions of my career", he stated.
Often known as one of the greatest players of modern era, Younis Khan made his debut against Sri Lanka in 2000 and played his last Test match against Australia in January. Misbah, 42, said a Test series against India would have completed his cricket career.
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur knew that pressure would mount quickly on Younis and Misbah, especially if results did not go Pakistan's way. It is understood the chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq was keen for both to retire after the West Indies tour, allowing them a proper farewell and a chance for Younis to get to 10,000.
But the veteran has always been expected to call time on his illustrious career, with former Pakistan cricket heavyweights demanding he step down in January after a 3-0 rout in Australia.
What the PCB administrators, unwittingly, had not realised was that in appointing the then thirty-six-year-old Misbah, they had set in motion the most stable period of Pakistan's cricket history which would become the envy of many.
Admired for his unflappable temperament in a Pakistan dressing room teeming with mercurial talents, Misbah was handed the test captaincy after a 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England which led to a ban on, among others, predecessor Salman Butt.
"I was disappointed with the way we bowled at the end", said Ahmed, reflecting on the first time Pakistan have failed to defend a total in excess of 300 outside of the Indian sub-continent.
To put his success in perspective, consider the fact that Misbah-ul-Haq has up to now captained in fifty-three Tests, the highest for any Pakistan Test captain, and has won the most Tests of all Pakistan skippers.
West Indies, however, will be keen to avenge the T20 series loss.
Pakistan are a much better unit across the departments with experienced players to boot.