Pak captain Misbah to retire from ODIs

Tuesday 13th January 2015 14:32 EST

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq said that that he would retire from limited-overs internationals after guiding his national team in the World Cup to focus on Test cricket. The veteran batsman, who set a record last year for the most Test wins by a Pakistan captain, claimed that the long format of the game remains the ultimate test for him and they have tough series coming against England and India. Meanwhile, Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi would quit ODIs after the World Cup to concentrate on T20 cricket. Misbah, who made his ODI debut in 2002, has scored 4,669 runs at an average of 42.83 in 153 ODIs, and captained Pakistan in 78 games. He has played 29 Twenty20 internationals, the most recent of which was 2012. Misbah said that he took the decision to retire after much thought and feels that this was the best time to go from ODIs, adding that the World Cup is his last ODI venture.

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