Goodbye 2016, goodbye Misbah-ul-Haq?

Misbah-ul-Haq salute

Let’s face the fact: It wouldn’t have been without Misbah-ul-Haq that Pakistan would raise to #1 spot in test ranking –  a brief landmark that was widely celebrated among Pakistan cricket fans. However, it’s about time we say “goodbye Misbah”.

Unfortunate enough for the skipper himself and his team, despite putting unconventional efforts and almost reaching the sweet winning spot, there have always been two or three key issues that keep appearing on a constant basis.

2016 has been a great cricketing year. There was Pakistan Super League, that, once again, ignited a spark to hope for cricket coming back to Pakistan. Misbah-ul-Haq himself became the first ever Pakistani player to be honored with ICC Spirit of Cricket Award. However, no matter how well the team has been performing in all possible formats, 2016 will be remembered as yet another year Pakistan didn’t host any international cricket on its home soil.

We are about to start a new cricketing year with high hopes for the home team in specific and the whole cricket world in general. The one thing among many others that we expect is that Azhar Ali fills the place of Misbah-ul-Haq in the team as a leader more than a captain!

Misbah-ul-Haq has already given a clear signal about his retirement and he might probably miss the third and final test against Australia at Sydney.

I am pretty much sure that Misbah fans would love to see him lead the Pakistan cricket team one last time in his glorious career with slight setbacks.

Misbah-ul-Haq is already 42 and runs aren’t coming as easy as they used to come. It won’t be fair if we don’t get to see him raise his bat or take a bow for everything he has contributed to the cricketing world.

Imran Hunzai
Imran Hunzai is a cricket fanatic and blogger. He contributes stories related to T20 Cricket and Pakistan Cricket Team. He is also the co-founder Centangle Interactive - an Islamabad-based digital media agency.