Misbah to lead Pakistan in test series against West Indies

ISLAMABAD (AP) " The Pakistan Cricket Board has retained 42-year-old Misbah-ul-Haq as skipper for next month's test series against the West Indies.

The PCB said Monday in a statement that Misbah told Shaharyar Khan of his desire to continue as captain and the chairman approved the move.

Twenty20 and ODI captain Sarfraz Ahmed was appointed Misbah's deputy for the test matches against the West Indies.

The test series will begin in Jamaica on April 22, following by test matches in Barbados and Dominica. Prior to the test series, Pakistan will play four Twenty20 internationals and three ODIs against the West Indies.

There were question marks on Misbah's future since Pakistan was whitewashed 3-0 in Australia, where he could score only 76 runs in six test innings.

But the PCB chairman had left it to Misbah to decide his future. Shaharyar had always maintained that if Misbah decided to continue playing test matches he would continue to lead the team.

Misbah has been Pakistan's most successful test captain with 24 victories since he was appointed skipper in 2010 after three Pakistani cricketers were banned for spot-fixing.

Last year, Pakistan briefly rose to No. 1 in the test rankings after it defeated the West Indies 2-1 in the United Arab Emirates.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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