With age definitely not on his side, Pakistan’s test skipper and ever dependable batsman Misbah Ul Haq, will have to battle it out, if he is tour Australia later this year. Misbah, who is already 42, is all set to tour England as Pakistan’s captain and will look to create history against the English. After taking on England, Misbah will lead Pakistan in test series’ against the West Indies and New Zealand.
However, the main challenge lies after that, when Pakistan are supposed to tour Australia, the number one test side for a test series. With Misbah leading Pakistan since late 2010, there is no youngster who has been groomed for the role of captaincy in the test side. And in an all-important series against the Kangaroos, Misbah is eager to carry on and himself lead the Pakistanis.
In his interaction with ESPN Cricinfo, Misbah admitted that if he could play the test series against England, he would in all probability also feature against Australia. “If I manage to play the England series then I should also play the upcoming West Indies, New Zealand and Australia series as well mainly because there are close gaps between series,” he told ESPN Cricinfo. “Although I am certain about my will of playing all the series it will also be subject to my form and fitness as if it goes down then I will walk away rather than being a burden on the team.”
“All you think is positive and I want to contribute and this is why I am planning to play a certain length of time so that youngsters are ready to take my place. “I hope by the time I leave, the Pakistan Test team is in safe hands and standing solidly on their own feet. “If the team remains intact when a new captain replaces me it shouldn’t feel any different,” the 42-year-old veteran added about Pakistan’s likely future.
Misbah clarified that in his opinion, a player should retire on a high. It must be noted that Misbah retired from ODI’s after Pakistan were thrashed by Australia, in the quarterfinals of the ICC World Cup 2015. “Retirement is not about losing form or fitness; one shouldn’t relate retirement with these factors,” he said. “In my view, a player should retire on high. If he retires on a high he will leave cricket with respect. “One should think about leaving the game with respect rather than leaving it when he is forced to leave.”