Misbah-l-Haq has played 72 Tests for Pakistan so far    Getty Images
Misbah-l-Haq has played 72 Tests for Pakistan so far Getty Images

Misbah-ul-Haq admits that their six-match losing streak has been worst Pakistan performance since he took over as captain, six years ago. Misbah has come under a lot of criticism over the last month or so, especially after suffering whitewashes at the hands of New Zealand and then against Australia. Misbah scored just 76 runs in six innings at 12.66 against Australia and one feared that he might retire from international cricket after that. Misbah had mentioned before the third Test at Sydney that he is considering his options. With Pakistan s next tour against West Indies still a few months away, Misbah says that he will take a call n his international career after the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

In his column in cricket.co.au, Misbah wrote, The outcome of our recent Test series in Australia has been very disappointing. I find it very hard to put it into words. I feel it is our worst performance in the six years since I took over the Test captaincy. This was not a team that should lose six Tests on the trot we never thought that could happen. It was the worst possible scenario. Ever since we lost to West Indies in the third Test in Sharjah in October, we have not been able to regain our winning momentum that saw us briefly rise to number one in the world earlier this year.

It all started with the batting collapse there and then a substandard performance in New Zealand. We reached Australia on the back of three defeats and the team was low on confidence.

Misbah also admitted that the collapse in the second innings of the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne was a huge blow for the entire team. I feel what happened in Melbourne in particular was a massive blow. The batsmen, especially Azhar Ali with his superb double-hundred, had worked hard and helped us post 443 in our first-innings. When you have scored nearly 450 and dominated the match for two days you need your bowlers to back up the batsmen s hard work. But the two sessions and 58 overs in which Australia scored 278 tilted the momentum that we had gained in the second innings in Brisbane back towards Australia. When you score 450 and the other team still goes ahead of you, that is simply demoralizing, wrote the Pakistan skipper.

Misbah also hit back at Ian Chappell, who said Pakistan should not have visited Australia in the first place. Misbah feels that the comments made by Chappell were uncalled for. Misbah wrote, I noted some very harsh comments from Ian Chappell about my place in the team, my leadership and about whether Pakistan should have toured Australia. I believe those comments were uncalled for and unbecoming to someone who has a vast experience of playing and watching cricket. The comments do not make any sense or suit a cricketer of his stature.

Finally, Misbah wrote about his retirement. He writes he will hang up his boots when he feels that he does not have any more passion left to play the game. There have been lot of questions about my retirement but at the moment I have taken a time-out. That s why I have not made any decision about it. I want to spend some time at home and then play in the PSL. I will then analyse how much passion for cricket I have left in me and whether I can play on. I think when you are playing cricket and enjoying your performances, it gives you an idea if you want to continue or not. But if you are not enjoying the competition then it becomes difficult to play. The PSL will be important for me in making a decision on my international future, Misbah elaborated.