Pakistan news March 6, 2017

Misbah to lead Pakistan in West Indies Tests


Misbah-ul-Haq will hope questions over his retirement will stop chasing him for a while © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Misbah-ul-Haq has decided to continue as Pakistan's Test captain, a decision that has been accepted by PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan, who also named Sarfraz Ahmed as the vice-captain in Tests. Misbah's decision to lead in the West Indies put to end questions over his retirement, which have made news over the last few months, at least for the next two months as Pakistan will play three Tests in the Caribbean in April and May.

After returning from Australia, Misbah had said he would take a call on his future after seeing how he would fare in the PSL. During the league, he told ESPNcricinfo that he was "most likely" to go to the West Indies, where they are yet to win a Test series. And once his team Islamabad United was knocked out of the tournament, he said he would meet Shaharyar upon his arrival in Pakistan and inform the chairman about his decision.

"Misbah-ul-Haq has conveyed to the Chairman [of] PCB his desire to continue as captain of the Pakistan Test team," the PCB said in a statement. "Accordingly, the Chairman has approved his appointment for the upcoming West Indies Test series. The Chairman has also approved appointment of Sarfraz Ahmed as vice-captain of the Pakistan Test team."

Misbah, who will turn 43 in May, has been under immense scrutiny having led the team to five successive Test defeats, although it was under him that Pakistan were ranked No. 1 last year. A dip in his batting form and his age added to the drama that reached its peak after the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne last year when Misbah admitted to being unsure about his future as a cricketer.

ESPNcricinfo understands the PCB wants to eventually appoint a single captain for all formats, but such a decision will have to wait until Misbah takes a call on his future. The decision to appoint Sarfraz as vice-captain in Tests came after Azhar Ali stepped down from ODI captaincy and later relinquished his Test vice-captaincy as well. The role was vacant since then. Sarfraz is already leading Pakistan in the Twenty20 format.

Pakistan will start the West Indies tour with four T20s starting March 26, followed by three ODIs in early April and the three Tests starting April 22 in Jamaica. Pakistan's selection committee is due to announce a limited-overs squad later this week while the Test team will be announced later.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • farisf2794353 on March 12, 2017, 12:41 GMT

    Misbah is hero of Pakistan.He deserved to play more than one series.

  • molab14586992 on March 11, 2017, 13:48 GMT

    Well at the moment pakistan just need some solid players that can play as a specialist for a format what i mean by this is for 20/20s we should have specialists no Amir and wahab and specialist odi players and good test players ecspecially our bowling should vary my squads T20 XI 1:Fakhar 2:K akmal 3:Babar 4:Malik 5:Sarfraz*6:U akmal 7:Imad 8:Tanvir 9:U mir 10:Sami 11:Raees ODI XI 1:Azhar 2:Saad ali 3:Babar 4:Malik 5:Sarfraz* 6:Asif zakir 7:Imad 8:Shadab 9:Amir 10:Hassan 11:Wahab/Irfan Test XI 1:Butt 2:Sami 3:Azhar 4:Younis 5:Babar 6:Shafiq 7:Sarfraz*8:Amir 9:Wahab 10:Yasir 11:Hassan ali

  • bilald0387410 on March 11, 2017, 5:18 GMT

    Sadaf hussain is another exellent player in domestic cricket but he is ignored by pak selectors !!!

  • Nauman on March 10, 2017, 18:29 GMT

    This was always expected, so no disappointment there. Rather a good news that Sarfraz has been appointed as vice captain instead of Azhar Ali. That atleast puts him on track to be next captain instead of another 2 years under Azhar Ali. No disrespect to Azhar, he is a brilliant batsman but mediocre captain. He should continue to lead the batting once YK and Misbah depart (hope soon)

  • bilald0387410 on March 10, 2017, 15:43 GMT

    A new captain should step up, Misbah ul haq has served pakistan brilliantly but a change is needed as pakistan is going down in test format as well.

  • ami on March 9, 2017, 16:39 GMT

    Misbah should have been retired soon after England tour with it is toooo late to retire with grace...he than should continue till the age of 60 years...his ultimately replacement FAWAD ALAM should get retire from entire format of the game immediately...dont need to be hanging there without getting sad..

  • r_habi0025822 on March 9, 2017, 9:14 GMT

    Misbah should lead in this test series and if he does well, he should lead in future as well. Sarfaraz will not be a good Test Captain. He isn't even a good Test player.

  •   Kabir Awadhi on March 8, 2017, 18:56 GMT

    misbah, sarfraz , wahab, shoaeb malik , youonus - all 5 players REITIREMENT on 4th june cuz all pakis retire 1 alast game with india JUNE 4 , it will be years with india

  • Ashhar on March 8, 2017, 11:29 GMT

    The only good reason to continue with Misbah could be that Sarfraz is newly appointed as ODI captain, let him make ODI team first, because it is our most concerned team and require a lot of work, team needs revamping. In ODI we are on verge of playing qualifiers for Champions Trophey. Let Sarfraz settle ODI team first, and let him groom in Tests (because it is not limited overs format) as vice captain. We don't have good options other than to continue with Misbah, unfortunately.

  • shamik7306913 on March 8, 2017, 10:36 GMT

    just one bad season with the bat does not make sense even kohli is struggling to regain form against in Aussies who knows misbah might do well in Caribbean let's give him another go

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