Misbah-ul-Haq calls it a day © AFP
Misbah-ul-Haq calls it a day © AFP

Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq will be retiring after the tour of West Indies for three Tests. According to Express News, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan has said that the West Indies series will be Misbah’s final assignment for his country. The 42-year-old has been one of the most successful Test captains for Pakistan and under his reign, Pakistan surged to the ICC No. 1 Test spot in August 2016 after they drew their four-match Test series in England 2-2.

While the cricketer is yet to confirm this himself, it is not the first time Misbah’s retirement has made it to the news. Ever since the end of the Australian tour wherein Pakistan were blanked 0-3, news were doing rounds over Misbah’s impending retirement. Now, the recent development has come just a day after

Misbah along with his veteran partner Younis Khan were nominated as one of the of Wisden Cricketers of the Year 2016.

While Misbah is credited for changing Pakistan’s fortunes ever since the spot-fixing scandal in 2010-11, there was a severe criticism against the veteran player who remained committed and one of the fittest in the side to keep leading their recovery. However, Misbah’s Pakistan was jolted by six defeats on the trot in Test cricket, which began with their loss to West Indies in UAE. Pakistan lost to New Zealand in an away series 0-2 and then proceeded to Australia. The string of defeats compounded pressure by many folds on the venerable cricketer.

Misbah, meanwhile, kept pushing the dates over deciding his future. He had earlier said he would be contemplating his future after the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 wherein he captained the Islamabad United.