Teenager Shadab earns first Pakistan Test call

Posted April 07, 2017

Pakistan's Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq today announced his retirement from worldwide cricket, saying the upcoming series in the West Indies will be his last assignment.

Misbah-ul-Haq will quit global cricket after the three-Test series in West Indies starting later this month.

"I know my googlies are getting famous, but that's not the only one", Shadab told Associated Press from Guyana on Monday.

Shadab made his global debut in last week's T20 series against the West Indies, capturing 10 wickets against the world champions before being named player of the series. He transformed the Pakistan test team into world-beaters, especially on slow wickets in the United Arab Emirates, which has been Pakistan's "home" venue since 2009.

Misbah, who is Pakistan's most successful Test skipper, has been heavily criticised as of late since Pakistan have lost their last six Test matches.

Misbah has often been criticised for his defensive and conservative approach as captain, including by the local media, although he has stated that he would rather win a game being defensive than lose one being aggressive.

Misbah holds the record of captaining Pakistan in the most test matches as skipper.

"One regret is that I never captained the Test team in Pakistan and also not captaining against India", said Misbah before stating that he will continue to play domestic cricket for "as long as I'm enjoying it".

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He is among several Pakistani cricketers, from past and present, who have played league cricket in Oman.

Ahmed said Pakistan has a more established test team than the West Indies and conditions in the Caribbean will be more like the UAE, which will help the Pakistan bowlers.

Pakistan Team will play three Test matches against West Indies. As captain, Misbah's batting average is now 50.55, compared to his career average of 45.84, and eight of his ten Test centuries have come as captain.

"He is an interesting player to coach and I have said this before as well, that for an 18-year-old-kid he has the head of a 30-year-old on him".

ACB said the Afghan team is for the first time facing the Champions of the T20 Internationals, expressing hopes that the Afghan team would put on display a good performance during the One Day Internationals against the host. "You don't get everything you ask for", he said. However, leaving the 0-2 thrashing against New Zealand, followed by 0-3 whitewash against Australia, the 42-year-old has been the shining star for the side.

Hasan Ali and Rumman Raees, replacing fellow left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir from the previous match, displayed admirable accuracy and discipline, combining for three important wickets and also delivering three maiden overs.

"Sarfraz is leading Pakistan in limited-over formats, it would be good if everyone supports him", Misbah said.