Windies Test series to be Misbah's swansong: PCB chairman

Windies Test series to be Misbah's swansong: PCB chairman

Pakistan and West Indies will aim to consolidate their positions on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings in their bid to qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup when they feature in a three-match ODI series starting in Guyana on Friday (April 7).

The spin attack would consist of Yasir Shah and the uncapped left-arm spinner Mohammad Asghar, who toured Australia as back-up for Yasir. "In one-day cricket if we have leg-spinners who could take wickets in the middle overs, it will be a huge advantage for us".

The hosts are coming off an emphatic 3-1 loss to Pakistan in the preceding four-match Twenty20 worldwide series, and find themselves under pressure ahead of the one-day rubber. The tally includes 63 wickets in 10 test matches in the United Arab Emirates, which has been Pakistan's "home" venue after foreign teams refused to tour Pakistan because of security reasons since the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team bus.

The 28-year-old has failed to have an impact in ODI cricket thus far as he has featured in 23 matches and scored 270 runs, during which he has only surpassed 25 runs on one occasion, at an average of 13.50.

Meanwhile, the Selectors announced a 16-man squad for their three-match Test series in the West Indies today. That's why he's been left out, and it's just coincided that the IPL is there and we have no cricket after this IPL series and he hasn't been part of the last Test series.

Law said it was important West Indies did not attempt to simply use "brute force" in the upcoming rubber, especially bearing in mind the venue.

Misbah, 42, has been under pressure since Pakistan were whitewashed in the Test series in New Zealand and Australia late past year to step down after a long and successful Test career as captain since late 2010.

He informed the journos that Test series in the Carribean will be Misbah's last.

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