Misbah calls it quits from int'l cricket

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The quest for direct qualification in World Cup 2019 begins today (Friday) as Pakistan is set to face host West Indies in first of three-match One day International (ODI) series at Providence Stadium in Guyana.

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"A cricketer should have fitness and passion for playing".

Former Pakistan skipper Zaheer Abbas has welcomed Misbah-ul-Haq's decision to bid adieu to worldwide cricket, saying it is best time for the 42-year-old as he would retire on a high.

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The captain, who at 42 is the oldest current global cricketer, also briefly led his team to world number one Test rankings previous year despite playing no matches at home due to the prevailing security situation in Pakistan.

That came following Pakistan's 2-2 draw in England, a series which saw Misbah famously do 10 press-ups in the opening match at Lord's after becoming the oldest captain - at 42 - to score a Test century. "We have to make sure that the most successful captain of our history should get deserving farewell as he has won many matches for Pakistan and lifted Pakistan to the top", he said.

PAKISTAN: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Zakir, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Fahim Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Asghar.

Shahryar Khan acknowledged the Test captain's services to Pakistan and also announced to give him an award in the function. "He is an outstanding captain and refined human being. Other cricket board have all sent us letters praising the team's behavior and his leadership", Shaharyar said. "It [scheduling] is not in our hands but yes, it is my regret that I couldn't lead the team against India, especially when our Test side was doing so well", he added.

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"It's a wrong impression that the board has enforced this as my last series or there's a patch-up between me and the cricket board".

And having presided over a 2-1 victory in a three-Test series against the Windies in United Arab Emirates past year, he now sees the upcoming series an the ideal way to lower the curtain on his global career. Pakistan suffered six consecutive Test defeats and lost series in New Zealand and Australia, which triggered speculation about Misbah's future as the Test captain.

Misbah has been at the receiving end towards the late end of his career.

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