Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq to retire after West Indies series

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Pakistan's Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq today announced his retirement from worldwide cricket, saying the upcoming series in the West Indies will be his last assignment.

The first of the three-Test series against the West Indies begins in Jamaica on April 21, followed by a Test in Barbados on April 30.

"It will be my last series and I had conveyed this to the chairman (Pakistan Cricket Board) quite some time ago", said Misbah.

Teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan is in line to make his Test debut, bolting into Pakistan's Test squad to play West Indies later this month.

West Indies Twenty20 captain Carlos Brathwaite says he is pleased with his improved performances during the just-concluded series against Pakistan, but would have preferred overall team success. He transformed the Pakistan test team into world-beaters, especially on slow wickets in the United Arab Emirates, which has been Pakistan's "home" venue since 2009.

Pakistan has won 24 of their 53 Test matches under Misbah and, for the first time, occupied the top Test rankings past year before a dip in form.

Sarfaraz is already Pakistan captain in the limited-over formats of the game.

Misbah, who is now the oldest worldwide cricketer, is Pakistan's most successful skipper and took over the responsibility following the spot-fixing scandal in 2010.

Misbah, who retired from ODIs and T20Is after the 2015 World Cup, has played 72 Test matches so far, scoring 4951 runs and is now seventh on the list of Pakistan's highest Test run-getters. However, he did go on to play the New Year's Test in Sydney, which Pakistan lost by 220 runs, and later said he was looking forward to playing the Tests in the West Indies.

He took over the captaincy in 2010, reshaping the country's reputation and squad after the spot fixing scandal in England that threatened to tear Pakistan cricket apart.

Pakistan has already made wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed captain for Twenty20s and ODIs and he will be Misbah's deputy in the test series against the West Indies. I was dropped from the team at times.

Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said the 16-member squad was selected "keeping in mind the conditions in the West Indies and the recent performances of players" in the domestic and global season.

In fact, after the Boxing Day Test against Australia in Melbourne, he revealed that he would take some time to think over his future in global cricket. "You don't get everything you ask for", he said.

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.

This will also be the final serigs before the annual update is carried out on May 1 to ensure the table continues to reflect teams' recent form with older results being discarded. "But then our president of the club told me to start bowling leg-spin and I started working hard on this art".

He said Misbah should be given a proper send-off as his services for Pakistan cricket are laudable.

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