The PCB has requested Misbah-ul-Haq to hold his retirement plans and continue as test captain through Pakistan’s away series against England and Australia one year from now.
Pakistan have confirmed a series against England for four Tests in 2016, and after that to Australia for three Tests in the 2016-17 season. Misbah will be 42 one year from now.
“We have instructed him to defer his retirement for a year on the off chance that he is thinking on those lines,” Shaharyar Khan, the PCB director. “We feel his captaincy and experience will be precious to the group for the Test visits to England and Australia one year from now.”
Just before the current series against England in UAE, Misbah had indicated that the series – which Pakistan as of now lead 1-0 with one Test left to play – may be his last, especially since the proposed arrangement against India in December looked unrealistic to proceed.
“I have been considering such a large number of elements as it’s a hard choice, truth be told one of the hardest ones to take,” Misbah had said. “So in the following one-and-half months I will be breaking down myself in respect to how far I can go. I will perceive the amount I can contribute in for the group, I will check whether my enthusiasm continues as before or I begin losing enthusiasm for the game. Once in a while it’s not about wellness, it’s about the amount of interest you have also and I would prefer not to be an obligation. So whatever the choice you will know soon.”
Misbah, 41, is Pakistan’s best Test skipper, with 19 wins. He averages 56.75 in his 41 Tests as captain, all of which have come since his 36th birthday, and has made scores of 3, 51, 102 and 87 in his four innings so far in the arrangement against England.