World Cup 2015: Misbah-ul-Haq says decision to retire is final

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Pakistan’s captain Misbah-ul-Haq has decided to hang his boots and retire from One Day International (ODI) after the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.  Misbah, 40, said Pakistan should look for a younger guy as they need to move on and give someone responsibility for a long time.

“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,” said Misbah-ul-Haq. 

“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-ul-Haq is the backbone of Pakistan’s batting unit and he has led Pakistan to many victories in ODI cricket. Misbah plays dual role for Pakistan- anchor as well as the finisher.

Talking about Pakistan’s performance in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Misbah said no player in the team can take his place for granted.

“I don’t think so, this is the best team we have 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 said the team wants to win for the people of Pakistan and they would try their best to win the ICC Cricket World Cup for their fans.

“We know how important this tournament is for the Pakistani people and it is no secret this team has this ability to just turnaround things from really worst to top.

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. We just had the win and then we had four on the go.” 

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