Misbah keen to postpone retirement, again

Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq says he is recovered from a calf injury, and is hoping to keep playing for much of this year, well past the tour to England in June.

Misbah, aged 42, has been on the brink of retirement for a while, but the Pakistan Cricket Board keeps asking him to stay on. It was thought last year's series against England in the UAE would be his last.

But now that he's recovered from a calf injury he picked up in November, and the tour to England coming up, the skipper wants to keep going for most of this year, perhaps till the series against Australia.

He told Cricinfo: "I am fine and hopefully this injury won't be an issue ahead. Unfortunately I didn't get an opportunity to play county cricket but I am planning to go England with few of our boys before the tour to play some practice matches adapt in the condition there.

"I have the one-day cup, conditioning camps and A-team tour ahead so I am looking forward. It has been very tough being idle but I made my mind up to play the England series.

"All you think is positive and I want to contribute and this is why I am planning to play a certain length of time so that youngsters are ready to take my place.

"I hope by the time I leave, the Pakistan Test team is in safe hands and standing solidly on their own feet. If the team remains intact, when a new captain replaces me it shouldn't feel any different."

He continued of the year ahead: "If I manage to play the England series then I should also play the upcoming West Indies, New Zealand and Australia series as well mainly because they are at close gaps.

"Although I am certain about my will of playing all the series it will also be subject to my form and fitness as if it goes down then I will walk away rather than being a burden on the team."

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