Pak cricket greats lead tributes to outgoing captain Misbah

He now has the goal of leading his team to a first ever Test series victory in the West Indies, which is quite achievable given the team's recent performances against the same opposition.

Pakistan have put the cricket world in an awe with their 3-1 series win over World Champion West Indies.

Misbah, who had previously retired from one-day global cricket in 2015, announced his decision at a press conference on Thursday (6 April). "I have been thinking about it for a while now", he said.

He is also Pakistan's most successful test captain, having led the side to 24 wins in 53 matches. "He has vast contribution for the Pakistan team and our cricket; we will duly acknowledge this contribution by awarding him a medal and doing a lot more at a reception", Shaharyar said. "He has played his innings well to become Pakistan's most successful skipper", he added. However, leaving the 0-2 thrashing against the Black Caps, followed by 0-3 whitewash against Australia, he has been the shining star for the side.

Misbah said heavy punishment should be given to guilty players in the PSL scandal.

"There were many hardships in my career but for now I am focusing on the present situation. The last six Test matches do not reflect the abilities of our team". Pakistan gave legspinner Shadab Khan an ODI debut on a surface expected to favour the spinners.

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Pakistan suffered six consecutive test defeats and lost series in New Zealand and Australia, which triggered speculation about Misbah's future as the test captain.

The second and the third ODI matches will be played on Sunday and Tuesday at the same venue before the Test Series begins. But as fate would have it, the events of the summer of 2010, where the then Pakistan captain Salman Butt and two others were found to be involved in spot-fixing, completely turned around Misbah's failing career.

He also played 162 one-day internationals and 39 T20Is - averaging over 43 and 37 respectively - before retiring from both formats after the 2015 World Cup.

Pakistan won 24 of its 53 test matches under Misbah and, for the first time, occupied the top test rankings a year ago before a dip in form set in.

Misbah has played 72 Test matches so far, scoring 4951 runs and is now seventh on the list of Pakistan's highest Test run-getters.