Pakistan are looking to regain the highs they had seen in 2016 – at a time when the side were top of the ICC Test rankings – but lost way thereafter.
“Misbah bhai did so well for so long and he really built the side up, a side that had some great success and was very stable. So it will be a real challenge to follow on from that. And Tests anyway are not easy,” said Sarfraz Ahmed.
Misbah-ul-Haq to join the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul as the star-studded MCC prepare to play against Afghanistan on July 11 at the Lord’s. Brendon McCullum will be leading the MCC team while Younis Khan withdrew from the fixture.
Misbah-ul-Haq, one of Pakistan’s most successful skipper, turned 43 on Sunday.
Misbah-ul-Haq had stated before embarking on the three-match series against West Indies that it would be his last for Pakistan.
Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan bowed out with the first ever Test series win in the West Indies.
Misbah-ul-Haq declared Pakistan’s second innings at 174/8 ti hand West Indies a target of 304 runs with one more day to go in the Test.
Together Younis Khan and Misbah have out 3156 runs in 49 innings which is the most by any pair for Pakistan in Test cricket.
All-rounder Roston Chase led the defiance in a top score of 60 before being forced to retire hurt in the final session.
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq showed a greater degree of urgency through the afternoon, adding 51.
Misbhah-ul-Haq made his Test debut in 2001 against New Zealand while Younis Khan entered the biggest stage in 2000 against Sri Lanka.
Misbah-ul-Haq received a guard-of-hounour from the West Indies team as he walked out to bat in first innings of the third Test.
“Call me ‘Tuk-Tuk’ and keep saying it, but remember I am the captain of Pakistan”, Misbah has the last word on his infamous nickname
Misbah-ul-Haq smashed a hundred in just 56 balls and equalled the then record of fastest hundred by Viv Richards (56 balls).
Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan will call time on their international cricket career after the third Test in West Indies.