Misbahul Haq announces retirement from Test cricket

Pakistan's Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has announced his retirement from global cricket, telling reporters on Thursday that the series against West Indies would be his last.

Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq announced retirement from global cricket on Thursday.

Last year, he became the oldest Test centurion in 82 years to reach three figures at the "home of cricket" - the Lord's Cricket Ground - during a four-Test series against England.

"There was no pressure on me". "I've seen many ups and downs during my career".

He also briefly led his team to world number one Test rankings a year ago, despite playing no matches at home due to concerns over security.

"I had a dream of winning the World Cup for Pakistan, but then I also had a dream of captain the team in Pakistan".

Misbah has the record of being Pakistan's skipper in most Test matches.

The top order batsman also played 162 one-dayers before quitting the format after the 2015 World Cup.

The 18-year-old leg-spinner gained the nod of approval to be one of five newcomers in the Pakistani Test squad, a mere 10 days after making his global debut in the T20 series against the Windies in which he was named Player-of-the-Series for a haul of 10 wickets at 7.50 apiece.

"I think a player is the best judge of when it is time for him to go". "I have good memories of Misbah, he has brought positive things in Pakistan cricket as a leader in the last seven years". "So overall, I am satisfied with my performance", he added. "You don't get everything you ask for", he said.

Now his outstanding entrance to worldwide cricket has been rewarded with a spot in the 16-player squad to meet the Windies in the three-Test series starting on April 21 in Kingston.

The 42-year-old announced on Thursday that he will retire from Test cricket after Pakistan's Test series against West Indies.

Not only did he have a remarkable 2011 when he could do nothing wrong with his bat, but he eventually ended up leading Pakistan to a remarkable 3-0 victory over No.1 ranked England in early 2012.

It was seen as the flawless moment for Misbah to bow out from the game but he remained at the helm during chastening defeats in New Zealand and then Australia over the winter.

Hasan Ali and Rumman Raees, replacing fellow left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir from the previous match, displayed admirable accuracy and discipline, combining for three important wickets and also delivering three maiden overs.

Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram said Misbah should be given a deserving farewell.