Pakistan Test captain Misbah Ul Haq revealed that retirement, for now, is completely out of his mind. Pakistan media manager on Sunday said that that Misbah will remain as the captain for Pakistan against Australia in the third Test at Sydney, and Misbah reiterated the manager’s words the next day.
“No, right now, retirement is completely out of my mind. If I do think about that, then this match here will be very difficult to play. We have to think of this match as the first match of the series and that it is the final also. At the moment, this is how we are thinking,” Misbah was quoted by Cricbuzz. “I have forgotten the last four-five Tests we’ve had and now we’re totally focused on this. 2016, gone. Now it is 2017. What is gone, that is gone.”
Misbah has scored just twenty runs from four innings in the ongoing Test series against Australia. He also played a loose shot in the second innings of the second game to get out at a crucial point and Pakistan lost the Test match. With the series lost 2-0, many thought that the skipper will finally put down his papers, but Misbah does not feel it is the right time yet.
After his media manager said that he would continue captaining the side, Misbah on Tuesday himself spoke on the same lines saying he isn’t quitting any time soon.
It will be a tricky task for Misbah and his side to beat Australia at Sydney and salvage some pride It will be another challenge for the star batsman who has not had the best of days with the willow. But Misbah is known to produce magic when the going gets tough, and maybe he will come up with another good inning for Pakistan.