Misbah: No need to pre-announce retirement


Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq is still considering retirement and does not feel an advanced public announcement will be necessary when he reaches a decision.

In April, Misbah highlighted the impending Test series against Australia, which begins in Brisbane on December 15, as potentially his last outing for his country.

The 42-year-old has not offered any further clarification over his future with Pakistan, suggesting he could curtail his career with immediate effect when he feels the team can cope without him.

"I am at a certain stage of my career where I only think what I can give back to my team. I am thinking but haven't reached any conclusion, but my whole thought process is all about the team," Misbah said in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.

"If they can move on without me or not, and how I can do more as a senior to inspire and make this team stand on its own.

"I do believe these boys have the capability to take responsibility and can deliver. So I am actually thinking if it's good to leave at this stage.

"But this is a decision I want to take on my own and I don't think I need to pre-announce it. I don't think that it is necessary for me to mark any series [as] my last but I can take it any time without even having a farewell.

"I don't have to make my retirement plan a big issue by beating drums all over."

Pakistan went top of the Test rankings earlier this year but have since slipped to fourth after losing to West Indies in Sharjah and suffering a 2-0 whitewash on the tour to New Zealand.

A trip to Australia awaits, and Misbah is confident about their chances of coming away with a positive result.

He added: "In New Zealand, we were not able to get time to adjust and the pitches were all in favour of bowlers. Even the New Zealand batsmen struggled most of the time because conditions were unplayable.

"But in Australia, you have a lot of opportunities to score runs and you either get out or play your strokes.

"It's not like we are not capable enough to compete against Australia in Australia - we are. Yes, we are low on confidence after losing three straight Tests and it's tough to regather ourselves but we have to and we will.

"Our batsmen have done it in the past, our bowlers are good but they need to be pushed hard and they have to take responsibility. So, overall, this team has everything you need to win a game and I am sure we are very much capable."