Misbah-Ul-Haq to retire after Cricket World Cup 2015

Misbah-Ul-Haq, Captain of Pakistan cricket team has made a decision of taking retirement from the ODIs and T20 Cricket after the completion of 2015 Cricket World Cup. But he would continue to play the Test Cricket.

As told by Misbah to ESPN cricinfo, he has informed 7 days back to PCB that it was the right time to quit the ODI’s and T20s, but I will continue playing Test Cricket. He also added that, I’ve thought about this for a long time. The World cup is an important event and I want to play it well and then quit. Since Misbah started playing cricket in 2002, he has played 153 ODIs for Pakistan achieving a scoring of 4669 runs at an average of 42.83 with 37 fifties. He is currently holding the record for most ODI runs without a century. After being dropped from the side in October 2004, Misbah has made a comeback after three years in October 2007.

Misbah took over as ODI captain from Shahid Afridi in May 2011. Including the one game that he has captained in 2008, Misbah has led Pakistan in 78 matches and has won 41 of them. He has played 39 T20s for Pakistan leading the side in 8 of them. His last T20 for Pakistan was in February 2012 following to which he stood down as a captain and was dropped from the shortest format.

The PCB chairman, Shaharyar Khan, Board has accepted Misbah’s decision and credited him for a being source of inspiration. He has been a big source of inspiration for the Pakistan team since the spot fixing scandal and it is his personal decision to retire from ODIs after the World cup.

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