No Need To Reconsider Retirement Decision: Misbah
• Misbah, 40, had said that he would retire from the 50-over format following the World Cup
• He believes that the captaincy role must be offered to a young player and to give him enough time
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, on Wednesday, said his decision to hang up his boots from one-day international cricket after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is unlikely to change. Misbah has been the rock of Pakistan's batting and has led them to four consecutive wins to setup a quarter-final clash against co-hosts Australia.
"I had decided to retire from ODIs after the World Cup after giving it much thought and it was the right time to take the decision," Misbah told PTI.
"I had decided that regardless of how I perform in the World Cup and the results, I will go and I have no intentions to change that decision. It is the right time to retire from ODIs," he said.
Misbah also stated candidly that he would prefer to see the PCB give the captaincy to a young player for ODIs."We should be looking for a younger guy as Pakistan need to move on and give someone responsibility for a long time," he added. Misbah however said that he would like to continue to captain the Test side even after the completion of the World Cup.
The Pakistani skipper dismissed talk about some of the Pakistani players taking their places in the side for granted thus leading to a gradual decline in batting performances."I don't think so. This is the best team we have and these are the best performers we have. That is why we are persisting with these guys. Obviously you could say that their performances not lived up to our expectation but I think these are the best in terms of skills and that is why they are in the team," he stated.
Misbah also made it clear that he had never lost hope of his team reaching the knockout stage even after losing the first two matches, against India and West Indies, of the World Cup."No that feeling never entered my mind. Simply because I am a fighter and I have never given up in life even when I was in and out of the Pakistan team. So how can I give up hope in my last tournament and in this format."
Misbah said Pakistan remained a dangerous side even against Australia in the quarter-final on Friday in Adelaide as the will to win was very high among the players."We know how important this tournament is for the Pakistani people and it is no secret this team has this ability to just turn things around. And that is why we did it. I think our belief worked for us and I know after the first two games we needed one good game and we could turn it around and that is what happened." he summed up.
Source © Cricbuzz
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