Misbah to return home from New Zealand mid-series

Pakistan Test captain to return following father-in-law's death

Sports Desk November 20, 2016
Misbah to return following father-in-law's death. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq will be returning home from New Zealand because of the sad demise of his father-in-law.

The 42-year-old's wife confirmed the sad news on Twitter and asked everyone for prayers for her father.

Earlier, Misbah, along with his family, decided to return home following the news of his father-in-law being critically ill.

Misbahul Haq becomes first captain to lead Pakistan in 50 Tests

Misbah, who has capped Pakistan in 69 Tests, is unlikely to participate in the second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton, which begins on Friday.

Pakistan lost the first of two-match Test series against New Zealand in Christchurch on Sunday, as they were defeated by eight wickets by the hosts during the fourth day's play.

"Misbah's been exceptional throughout the years and we'll miss him definitely," said vice-captain Azhar Ali in post-match press conference at Hagley Oval.

Win or lose, Misbah should stay

"We have to cope with that now and whoever comes into the side will take that opportunity and give us runs, as well as the stability he gives us in the middle," he added.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan announced that Azhar will lead the side in the second Test against New Zealand.

Azhar Ali was quoted by ESPNCricinfo


Amer | 5 years ago | Reply @Farooq khan: Stupid comment! Players are humans too... players from all over the world have left mid-series in situations like this...
Farooq khan | 5 years ago | Reply Either he should not have gone to NZ or not returned in a tough situation for Pak
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