Misbah-ul-Haq looks to prolong Pakistan career


KARACHI (AFP) – Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said Sunday he hopes to stay in the view of selectors and prolong his Test career by playing in domestic matches and possibly for an English county.

After Pakistan s proposed series against arch-rivals India recently fell though, 41-year-old Misbah has played first-class matches for Sui Northern Gas in Karachi, which he believes was necessary to keep his hand in.

“I am looking at my Test career,” Misbah told AFP. “If I am in the ground it s obvious that I am playing competitive cricket, so I have that in mind to play series in England.”

Pakistan tours England for four Tests in July next year.

“But there is still some time left, so mentally and physically I am getting ready and keeping myself motivated,” said Misbah, who retired from Twenty20 cricket in 2012 and one-days earlier this year.

Misbah added that he was trying to play for a county in England.

“I am making an effort so that if I play in those conditions (for a county), it will help me because I have not played Tests in England so it would be good if I get that opportunity,” said Misbah, who expressed disappointment at not being able to play against India.

“Not playing India is disappointing because when we play against an Asian team, especially India, they test us well so its disappointing for players on both the sides and fans.”



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