Misbah shows intent to lead Pakistan against England in July

  • Karachi, PTI
  • Updated: Jan 06, 2016 20:33 IST
Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq in action against South Africa. (Reuters Photo)

Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq today made it clear that he will not be retiring from international cricket and is ready for the challenging England tour, scheduled to begin in July.

“The reason I am playing domestic cricket is because I want to tour England and lead the side,” Misbah told reporters at the national stadium.

Misbah had earlier said he would retire from test cricket after the recent home series against England in the UAE but then put on hold his retirement after the PCB came out with its request.

The 41-year old batsman who again showed his class with match winnings innings of 85 and 60 in the day-and-night five-day final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

“I want to play in England that is why I am active in domestic cricket because I see that tour as a big challenge for our standing as a top Test team,” he said.

Misbah who captained Sui Northern Gas team and led them to their third successive Quaid Trophy title also admonished the young players who featured in the match as being irresponsible.

“I am disappointed and I think these youngsters who are future of Pakistan cricket need to understand there are no short cuts in Test cricket. You have to be prepared to bat for atleast three sessions to get a hundred.”

“You have to show respect to a bowler. You have to wait for the bad ball and play to your strength. You can?t try a big hit after two or three balls,” Misbah said.

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