Misbah-ul-Haq calls time on his Pakistan Super League career

The fourth edition of PSL will get underway from February 14, 2019.

Misbah-ul-Haq will not be part of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League | Getty Images

Misbah-ul-Haq will no longer participate as a player for the Islamabad United in PSL, as former Pakistan skipper decided to bring down curtains on his Pakistan Super League (PSL) career after playing three seasons of the T20 league.

Misbah, who played for the Islamabad United in the last three seasons and captained the franchise to two PSL titles, will not be part of the fourth edition of Pakistan’s T20 tournament, confirmed by the franchise officials on Wednesday (October 31).

Islamabad United has confirmed the news by releasing an official statement, which reads, “Islamabad United has always greatly valued Misbah as a player, leader and a superb team player. As he transitions into his non-playing phase, we believe he can add a lot of value to Islamabad United as well as to Pakistan. The franchise continues to discuss with him avenues which could provide him a platform to pursue his next phase. These discussions continue and deserve the confidentiality which a senior player like him deserves.”

Meanwhile, Islamabad United owner Ali Naqvi also took to Twitter to hail Misbah's journey with the franchise. He wrote, “Misbah is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant cricketing minds of today. We as a team and I personally have been privileged to benefit from his leadership on and off the ground. We are looking forward to his next innings. Salute to you, Captain!”

On the other hand, sources revealed that Misbah –Pakistan’s most successful Test skipper, is keen to continue his association with the Islamabad United franchise in any other role and focus on administrative roles at Pakistan Cricket Board or a career in the media.

(Input: PTI)

By Rashmi Nanda - 01 Nov, 2018

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