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CricketNot leading Pakistan against India in Tests is a regret: Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan’s long-serving test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who finally announced his retirement from Test cricket termed not leading the national team against India in a Test series will remain one of his biggest regrets.

“What can one say? It is not in our hands but yes it is my regret that I couldn’t lead the team against India. Specially when our test side was doing so well,” Misbah said in an interview. “I also see not winning the 2011 and 2015 World Cups as the unfulfilled ambitions of my career,” he stated.

Misbah said politics had put a stop to Indo-Pak bilateral ties since 2007 but after he became captain in late 2010 he remained optimistic he would get a chance to captain in a test series against the arch-rivals.


“It didn’t happen all these last seven-eight years. Although I have played in India and I know their people want to see both teams play regularly against each other,” he said.

Misbah, 42, said a Test series against India would have completed his cricket career. “I have achieved a lot in my career that is why I decided to retire from T20 internationals in 2012 and than ODIs after the World Cup 2015. And now I think after taking everything into count this is the best time for me to also retire from Test matches,” he said.

He confirmed the three match test series in West Indies starting from later this month would be his final for Pakistan. “It is a personal decision and the Pakistan Cricket Board has nothing to do with it. I have been thinking about it for a while now,” he said.

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