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Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on Thursday called curtains on his global career, announcing that the upcoming three-match series against West Indies beginning April 22 in Barbados will be his last.

On Wednesday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan said that the Test series against West Indies would be the last for Misbah-ul-Haq.

Speaking at a press conference, Misbah said that the series against West Indies will be his last and that he would continue to play domestic cricket.

"There was no pressure on me".

When asked about "unfulfilled aspirations", Misbah said he had really wanted the Pakistan team to win the 2011 and 2015 World Cup tournaments.

He is also Pakistan's most successful Test captain, winning 24 of the 53 matches he has captained in this far.

Admired for his unflappable temperament in a Pakistan dressing room teeming with mercurial talents, Misbah was handed the test captaincy after a 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England which led to a ban on, among others, predecessor Salman Butt.

Misbah has played 72 Test matches so far, scoring 4951 runs and is now seventh on the list of Pakistan's highest Test run-getters.

Pakistan's long-serving test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who finally announced his retirement from Test cricket termed not leading the national team against India in a Test series will remain one of his biggest regrets.

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Between 2003 and 2007 he didn't play a single Test, and only received a central contract from the Pakistan Board after Inzamam retired in 2007.

The 42-year-old has been struggling for form and in the last five Tests this year, Misbah has managed just 177 runs at an average of 17.7. "I have good memories of Misbah, he has brought positive things in Pakistan cricket as a leader in the last seven years".

"Just recently, I received letters from Australia's cricket board saying no matter whether your team wins or loses, they are always on your best behaviour", the chairman said, adding Misbah was a commendable "ambassador of Pakistan" overseas and that he set a great example for the men in green to follow.

"I am satisfied", he said.

Former greats want Test Skipper Misbah ul Haq to be given a ravishing send-off citing Mianwali-born batsman has served Pakistan cricket magnificently.

Shadab celebrated a dream debut for Pakistan, claiming three wickets in his side's six-wicket win over West Indies in the opening T20 of the four-match T20 series. "You don't get everything you ask for", he said.

"I think a player is the best judge of when it is time for him to go".

In December 2016, Misbah became the first Pakistani cricketer to have won the ICC Spirit of the Year award.

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