Skipper of Islamabad United, former Pakistan cricket captain, Misbahul Haq’s dream to play his career’s last match of the Pakistan Super League in home ground has been shattered as he has been ruled out of action for four weeks due to a hairline fracture in his wrist.
“It is unfortunate for Islamabad United that Misbah will not be available for the grand finale of the event for which it has already qualified,” said sources in Islamabad United on Monday. South African JP Duminy led the side in the first playoffs against Karachi Kings on Saturday at Sharjah.
Misbah has decided to retire from franchise T20 cricket after retiring from international cricket in 2017. Misbah has been a stalwart of Pakistan Cricket for over a decade.
Misbah was unfortunately injured while facing a delivery from Tymal Mills. Mills struck on Misbah’s hand during Islamabad’s league match against Karachi Kings on March 16 which caused a hairline fracture. The 43-year old batsman failed to demonstrate form and fitness during the third edition of the PSL as he missed the first two matches of the event due to a hamstring injury. Out of eight matches, he played four and his maximum score was 22 in these ties. Medium pacer Roman Raees, who replaced Misbah as captain in the initial two matches of the PSL, could not last long and was declared unfit for the rest of the tournament after injuring his knee.
Pakistan claimed the top spot in ICC Test rankings under his captaincy. People will remember Misbah Ul Haq failing to help Pakistan will the first edition of the ICC T20 World Cup against India, after getting out in a rather infamous way.