Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq have been the pillars of the Pakistan cricket team for close to a decade. The Pakistan captain has played a huge role in taking the team to the No.1 ranking while Younis has broken plenty of records and emerged as one of the best batsman ever for Pakistan.
Ahead of the third Test between West Indies and Pakistan in Dominica, Misbah and Younis will retire from international cricket. Prior to the Dominica Test, the pair has a combined record of 187 Test with 15261 runs and former Pakistan legspinning legend Abdul Qadir believes that this move could casue disarray in the Pakistan team.
Speaking to the Express Tribune, Qadir said, “I was really sad when Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene left the Sri Lankan team together. Look at their team now, they are in such a disarray. Likewise, both of these batsmen leaving together could cause problems for Pakistan?s Test team. However, they have been great servants to the country,” Qadir stated.
Sri Lanka’s cricket team are currently under a transition phase after Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara retired from international cricket in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Since then, Sri Lanka have struggled to make an impact in international cricket, winning just two Test series in three years.
Focused on the job
However, Misbah has said that he is not thinking about his impending retirement and has urged the team to remain focused. “Contributions from Younis and me would be very important. Sometimes emotions can come into these sort of occasions but we will try our best to focus on our jobs,” the Pakistan skipper said.
The series between Pakistan and West Indies is currently tied 1-1, with Misbah’s team having won the Jamaica Test before West Indies fought back brilliantly in Barbados to bowl Pakistan out for 81 and win the match by 106 runs. Misbah will be aiming to lead Pakistan to their first-ever series victory in the Caribbean.
Pakistan’s ultimate record-breakers
Younis Khan has been Pakistan’s premier batsman in this decade. He is the first Pakistan batsman to reach 10,000 runs in Tests while his tally of 34 hundreds is the highest for any Pakistan batsman. He is the only player in cricket history to have a century in all 11 countries after he scored a century in Australia. His tally of six double hundreds and one triple century puts him in an elite list of batsman.
Misbah has been instrumental in Pakistan’s revival in Test cricket following the 2010 spot-fixing scandal. He led the team to the top of the Test rankings after drawing 2-2 in England. Following that, Misbah’s team lost six consecutive Tests, including two to New Zealand and three to Australia. The 3-0 loss to Australia was Pakistan’s fourth consecutive loss by the margin and it increased pressure on Misbah to retire.