Misbahul Haq becomes first captain to lead Pakistan in 50 Tests

Players cut cake to celebrate historic moment as leader of the pack

Sports Desk November 18, 2016
Misbah cuts cake to celebrate 50th match as Test captain. PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Pakistan team celebrated middle-order batsman Misbahul Haq’s 50th match as Test captain in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

Pakistan are currently playing the first of two-Test series against New Zealand, and the series opener was Misbahul Haq’s 50th as Test captain. He is Pakistan’s most capped Test skipper, surpassing legendary Imran Khan previously during the series against the West Indies in UAE.

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However, the Mianwali-born’s milestone Test was not a joyful one as Pakistan were bowled out for 133 in the first innings at Hagley Oval in Christchurch during the second day’s play. Misbah himself scored 31.

Nevertheless, the 42-year-old’s teammates celebrated their captain’s achievement by having a cake-cutting ceremony.

Earlier, when asked about the 50th Test milestone during an interview, Misbah had said that these records don’t matter much to him. “Records aren’t as important as performances,” he said.

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He added: “Individual character as a player should be considered above pride. However, it is always a happy moment to cross a milestone.”

After concluding the two-Test series in New Zealand, Misbah will lead the five-day side in the series against Australia, which includes three Tests, starting with a day-night affair in Brisbane.

If all goes as planned, the right-handed batsman would have led Pakistan in 54 Tests – that is if he decides to retire after the tour of Australia.


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