Misbah hints at Test retirement after MCG debacle

Published: December 30, 2016

Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq on Friday hinted he is set to retire from the longest format of the game after his team suffered an embarrassing defeat against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

The 42-year-old, who is the most successful captain in the country’s Test history, has been severely criticised for his tactics after the team lost their fifth consecutive match on Australian soil.

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Addressing the media after the match, Misbah said he will make a decision regarding retirement in the coming days.

“I think I need to think about it,” Misbah told reporters after the Test defeat.

The middle-order batsman, who has been in terrible form in the ongoing series, where he scored just 20 runs in four innings with the average of five runs per innings, said on his current form, he does not deserve to be in the playing eleven.

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“I always believed that if I couldn’t contribute to the team then it’s no point staying there. I haven’t decided [about Sydney] but let’s see.”

Misbah said he could offer no explanation for his side’s dramatic collapse after trailing by 181 runs on the first innings following Australia’s declaration of 624 for eight.

“Pressure sometimes does things like that. Full credit to Australia the way they batted to put us under pressure,” he said.

“After scoring 443, you should not be in that position to lose a Test match on the last day and I think we should take the blame as a batting unit because the pitch was very good.”


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Reader Comments (13)

  • Zee
    Dec 30, 2016 - 1:28PM

    Misbah, you rose to the top on the back of playing against too mnay minnows/weakers dies on dead, placid sub-continental pitches for too long aside from that one odd series against England. Now playing consistently Downunder, your captancy and techniques all have been aptly exposed.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Dec 30, 2016 - 1:46PM

    ” HINTS “……why does he just not go ahead and do it….he’s no politician .Recommend

  • salman
    Dec 30, 2016 - 1:59PM

    About time.Recommend

  • Atif
    Dec 30, 2016 - 2:12PM

    Gulli Dhanda is the sport for Pakistan !
    Just shameful !!Recommend

  • A
    Dec 30, 2016 - 4:58PM

    Guess we are not making history in Australia are we?

    Pathetic team with pathetic team management. They should only play in UAERecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 30, 2016 - 5:26PM

    Please stay till your 50th birthday. No other team should beat our unique records. Oldest captain, oldest team manager (Intekhab Alam), oldest chairman (Sheharyar), craziest player (Wahab), etc.Recommend

  • Fido
    Dec 30, 2016 - 5:51PM

    We ARE making history down under but of some other [email protected]: Recommend

  • whitethunder
    Dec 30, 2016 - 7:02PM

    Few days back Misbah was key batsman in this lineup even with this age. Suddenly in few days people ask him to resign wow…what a turn around in fortune.Recommend

  • whitethunder
    Dec 30, 2016 - 7:03PM

    Who is replacement of misbah ?Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Dec 30, 2016 - 10:47PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    I love your sarcasm. Very much needed for all those involved in Cricket. Recommend

  • Gopal
    Dec 31, 2016 - 2:52AM

    Don’t hint and hint and hint. Misbah is past his shelf life.
    Time to go. Retire. Leave. Quick like. Fast. Pronto.Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Dec 31, 2016 - 6:55AM

    Whatever he decides both Misbah and Yunus should not play the next game as nothing will be gained.
    If you play someone who will continue to play for some years then the experience will be useful even if you loose the game .Recommend

  • Asad Hasan
    Dec 31, 2016 - 11:12AM

    Well, the first thing is for the top management Mr. Sheheryar and Mr. Najam Sethi to resign! Only after they show the way, can we expect the likes of Younus, Misbah and other oldies to call it a day. And it is quite clear that other than Azhar, Sarfaraz, Asad, Amir and Yasir, others do not have the capacity to play top class teams specially at fast bouncy surfaces. Period. Misbah and Younus have given so much to Pakistan – the nation is proud of them! They were carrying on as there was no other batsmen to replace them! they have nothing to be ashamed of at all. Infact they have done us proud over the years.Recommend

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