LAHORE, April 6: Pakistan�s Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq today announced his retirement from international cricket, saying the upcoming series in the West Indies will be his last assignment.
The 42-year-old has been leading the Test side since 2010, taking over the reins in the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal in England.
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. The series concludes with the third and final Test in Dominica, starting on May 10.
Speaking at a press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium, Misbah said he would continue to play domestic cricket.
�I am announcing my retirement from international cricket. The upcoming series against West Indies will be my last,� he said.
Misbah, who was named one of Wisden�s five Cricketers of the Year yesterday, has led his side in 53 Tests since taking over and won 24 times.
�I will continue to play cricket at the domestic level. Regarding when I will leave domestic cricket, I will decide it later.�
Having taken the reins when the team was in the midst of a turbulent phase, Misbah guided Pakistan to the number one spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test ranking.
�I�ve seen many ups and downs during my career. I was dropped from the team, played poorly as well at times. But then I had some great moments too where we became the number one Test team in the world. So overall, I am satisfied with my performance.� � PTI