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Pakistan Cricket Board urges Misbah-ul-Haq to continue playing

Pakistan Cricket Board urges Misbah-ul-Haq to continue playing
Misbah-ul-Haq will reveal his retirement plans at the conclusion of the ongoing Test series against England.
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The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan has urged Misbah-ul-Haq to continue playing Test cricket for Pakistan for at least a year.

Having captained Pakistan in 41 Tests, Misbah has a win percent of 46.34 which is the second best for a Pakistan captain (minimum of 25 Tests). 

Misbah also needs only eight more games to surpass Imran Khan's tally of 48 Tests, which is the most number of matches captained by a Pakistan player. 

In the last five years, Pakistan under Misbah have won eight series, drawn six series while losing just three series. 

In the ongoing Test series against England, Pakistan have taken an unassailable lead of 1-0, after a 178-run win in the second Test in Dubai.

Earlier Misbah had hinted that he will take a call on his retirement at the conclusion of the series against England. 

However, Khan stated that Pakistan will need the experience of Misbah, with tours of England and Australia scheduled next year.

"We have told him to delay his retirement for a year if he is thinking on those lines," Khan said.

"We feel his presence as captain and senior player will be invaluable to the team for the Test tours to England and Australia next year," he added. 

Pakistan will be touring England for four Test matches in August 2016 while they will visit Australia in December for three Tests.

Khan also affirmed that the squad for the One-Day International series against England has not been confirmed yet.

"I have had a discussion with the selectors on the ODI squad but nothing is final as yet.

"It is the job of the selectors and team management to see which is the best possible combination for the matches against England," he stated.

The third and final Test between England and Pakistan will kick-off on 1st November in Sharjah. 

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