Pakistan’s test skipper Misbah Ul Haq has signed up with the Rangpur franchise in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Misbah’s signing up is being perceived as a move to keep himself fit for another couple of seasons. The Pakistani test captain retired from T20I’s in early 2012, and from ODI’s, after the World Cup in 2015. With Pakistan due to tour England and Australia, it is sternly believed that someone as vital as Misbah needs to be with the team. Thus, in a bid to maintain his form and fitness, Misbah has signed up for the BPL.

In an interaction with ESPN Cricinfo, he admitted the same. “I have signed with BPL,” Misbah said. “I want to carry on and keep myself motivated and maintain my fitness. So whatever cricket comes in I want to play to avoid being complacent.”

“I can still play domestic cricket and be ready for that kind of challenge, but that’s not easy. I have mentioned that before because after retiring from ODIs, I can feel that whenever the Tests come the first game is always difficult and the body mechanism is not working. I feel that I am playing after a long time and it takes one or two innings to settle and if you are getting out early it could be horrible for you so these things are there so I am just trying to rethink and work out,” Misbah added.