Misbah-ul-Haq to captain Pakistan in Test series against West Indies

PTI, Mar, 06 2017

Karachi: Misbah-ul-Haq will lead Pakistan in next month's Test tour of West Indies, ending speculation about his immediate future as captain of the side.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that the 42-year-old Misbah will continue to lead Pakistan in the three-match Test series scheduled from 22 April.

File picture of Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq. AFP

File picture of Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq. AFP

The Tests will be preceded by a limited-overs series of four Twenty20s and three one-dayers.

The PCB said in a statement that Misbah has conveyed his availability for the tour to Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan.

"Accordingly the Chairman has approved his appointment as captain of the Pakistan test team for the upcoming Test series in West Indies," the statement said.

"The Chairman has also approved the appointment of Sarfaraz Ahmad as vice-captain of the Pakistan Test side," it added.

Sarfaraz is already the captain of the ODI and T20 national sides after Azhar Ali stepped down as captain of the one-day team at the start of the Pakistan Super League last month.

The announcement brings to an end a debate which has been raging since last month on whether Misbah would continue as captain or batsman for the tour of West Indies.

Misbah had earlier said he wanted to carry on playing as batsman and do well for his team but it was up to the board to appoint him as captain or not.

The senior batsman has led Pakistan in 53 of his 72 Tests since late 2010 and is Pakistan's most successful captain in the five-day format.

Published Date: Mar 06, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 06, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115