Misbah-ul-Haq to call time on international career after West Indies series

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Misbah-ul-Haq will end his Pakistan career next month - PA Archive/PA Images

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has announced he will end his international career after the upcoming Test series in the West Indies.

The 42-year-old, who revealed his decision at a press conference in Lahore on Thursday morning, has played 72 Tests since making his debut in 2001 and needs 49 more runs to become the seventh Pakistan batsman to reach the 5,000-run milestone.

He also played 162 one-day internationals and 39 T20Is - averaging over 43 and 37 respectively - before retiring from both formats after the 2015 World Cup.

Misbah said in quotes reported on www.icc-cricket.com: "I am announcing my retirement from international cricket.

"The upcoming series against West Indies will be my last. I will continue to play cricket at the domestic level. Regarding when I will leave domestic cricket, I will decide it later."

Misbah's announcement comes a day after he was named as one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year, having guided Pakistan to the top of the ICC Test rankings for the first time in 2016. 

That came following Pakistan's 2-2 draw in England, a series which saw Misbah famously do 10 press-ups in the opening match at Lord's after becoming the oldest captain - at 42 - to score a Test century.

Pakistan play a three-match Test series in the West Indies, with the opening match starting in Kingston on April 21.

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