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It is Retirement Season going on around this ICC Cricket World Cup. Misbah-ul-Haq, captain of the Pakistan cricket team has announced that he would retire from ODI and T20 formats of cricket after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Misbah had already expressed his intention of retirement about seven days ago to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He will now focus only on test cricket. The PCB Chairman Mr. Shaharyar Khan also accepted his decision. In addition, Mr. Khan praised for his contribution towards Pakistan cricket and quoted him as a source of inspiration.
“Seven days back, I informed the PCB that it was the right time to quit the ODIs and T20s, but I will continue playing Test cricket. I've thought about this for a long time. The World Cup is an important event and I want to play it well and then quit,” said Misbah-ul-Haq.
Misbah-ul-Haq holds an amazing record of scoring the maximum ODI runs; however, without a century in his name. He made his debut in April 2002 and played 153 matched so far scoring 4669 runs. With 37 fifties, his average floats at 42.83. Since, May 2011, Misbah has been captaining the Pakistani cricket team. Under his captaincy, Pakistan plated 78 matches and won in 41 of them. It had been close to one year, Misbah had been struggling with his form. In last 12 ODI matches, he scored only 285 runs.