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Pakistan’s Misbah to retire from ODIs after World Cup

Reuters, KARACHI, Pakistan

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has announced his plan to retire from one-day internationals (ODI) and Twenty20 cricket after the World Cup.

“Misbah has formally informed us he will retire from ODIs and not play T20 cricket after the World Cup. He wants to focus on Test cricket,” Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Sunday.

Misbah, 41, told Geo News channel he informed the board about one week ago.

“I took the decision to retire after much thought and feel this is the best time to go from ODIs. The World Cup is my last ODI venture,” he said of the tournament starting in Australia and New Zealand next month.

Misbah became Pakistan’s most successful Test captain in the recent series against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates.

He was appointed Test captain in late 2010 after the spot fixing scandal in England led to Salman Butt being banned.

The board also handed Misbah the ODI and T20 captaincy in mid-2011 after Shahid Afridi was sacked as captain of limited overs cricket. In 2012, he was removed as T20 captain, but continued to feature in domestic T20 matches.

Since his debut for Pakistan in 2002, Misbah has played 153 ODIs and scored 4,669 runs at an average of 42.83 with 37 fifties. He has led Pakistan in 78 games, with a more than 50 percent success rate.

“Test cricket remains the ultimate test for me, and this year we have some tough series coming up against England and India,” he said.

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