Don't know if I will play 2015 World Cup: Misbah

Misbah-ul-Haq has played 25 Tests, has captained Pakistan in Six Tests Getty Images

Karachi: Jun 20, 2011

Frequent change of captaincy is not new thing in Pakistan and current skipper Misbah-ul-Haq does not want to cling on it, saying he is ready to relinquish the job whenever his Cricket Board wants.

According to reports, Pakistan Cricket Board is mulling over appointing a vice-captain as it believes that Misbah may not continue playing international cricket till 2015 World Cup.

But, Misbah said he has no knowledge of any such move by the PCB but would be willing to step down from captaincy if his Board wants.

“I am not aware of any such plan within the PCB. It is the prerogative of the board to appoint any suitable captain for the team and I am ready to quit (captaincy) whenever the PCB deems it appropriate,” he said.

37-year-old Misbah said he’s focussed firmly on the present and not looking too far ahead in terms of his place in the side or his captaincy.

“Frankly speaking, I have never thought whether my career will continue till the next World Cup (2015) as it’s too far to dwell. No one can predict even about tomorrow, while the next World Cup is four years away. Therefore it is better for me to concentrate on fitness and form in order to deliver my best performance for the team,” he was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper.

Misbah was appointed Pakistan’s Test captain in October last year and led them to their first series win outside the subcontinent in seven years when they beat New Zealand 1-0 in January earlier this year.

Following Shahid Afridi’s public comments hinting at his disagreement with coach Waqar Younis upon his arrival from the Caribbean, the Board replaced Afridi with Misbah as ODI captain in May.

Misbah, who has played 25 Tests, has captained Pakistan in six Tests so far, with two wins, one loss and three draws.

Misbah said he is keen on improving his own batting rather than dwelling too much over his captaincy.

“It is the (individual) performance that can help you keep your place in the team or can enable you to retain captaincy. Therefore, everyone should concentrate on producing a prolific (individual) show,” he said.