West Indies v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Roseau, 5th day May 14, 2017

'What a finish, I couldn't have asked more than that'

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Misbah-ul-Haq paid tribute to those who helped him along his journey through international cricket © AFP

The following is the address that Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq gave to the audience at Windsor Park before leaving the field for the last time upon Pakistan's victory over West Indies in the third Test in Dominica:

"I would like to thank Almightly Allah, whatever I had, whatever success I got throughout my career, to end like that, I couldn't ask for anything better. Then I would like to thank my family: my mother, my sisters, and especially to my wife Uzma who supported me and was always there. This series was only for her because I could have finished in Australia. She just convinced me and the fans that I have to come. And this team, too, most of these players [said], 'You don't have to end like that. You have to go winning and performing well.'

Thanks to everybody. My son is not here. He's watching on TV, so I'm missing him. But obviously he has his exams and could not travel with us. A lot of others, too. Throughout my career, all the coaching staff, managers, trainers, doctors, and especially the colleagues, teammates, class fellows, teachers, who really supported me throughout my career, throughout my life and would be praying for me. Thanks a lot. And fans all throughout the world. Not just Pakistan. Even in West Indies, all the guys they've been coming to me, wishing me all the best for the rest of life. But it's life, everything except the Almighty Allah has to end, whether it's bad or good.

I'm happy with what I've had in this career. What a finish, I couldn't have asked more than that. Really happy for this team, all the guys here, the way they gave me and Younis send-offs. And special thanks to Younis, very best of luck in his future life. It was a very fine journey with him in the middle, sharing a lot of partnerships, and I loved every moment of that. In the history books, my name will come with him and he's a legend. He's a top performer for Pakistan: 34 centuries, 10,000 runs, broke a lot of records. I had 15 hundred-partnerships with him and that's something special to me that my name will come with his and be remembered in history.

It was the first ever [series] win for a Pakistan team in the West Indies, so everybody was so motivated and they were working hard for me and Younis. A lot of frustrations, no-ball wickets, a couple of chances here and there, but I think you enjoy wins like that much more than straightforward wins.

I might have just forgotten names but whoever worked with me, whoever played with me, I enjoyed that and I think they have made a contribution in my life and career. Thank you all, thank you very much."

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  • cricfan21117465 on May 17, 2017, 20:21 GMT

    Sorry I meant against England 7-2, (2-2 in England) and 5-0 in UAE

  • cricfan21117465 on May 17, 2017, 20:11 GMT

    yes Misbah lost to Aus in Aus and to NZ in NZ, but people forget he whitewashed AUS to win a series against them after 1994, that is 20 years, if he lost to NZ he also defeated them in their backyard in 2011, also remember that Imran Khan and all had greats to play with, Misbah had one or two great players, rest were just average. He managed to win a test against SA when they were number 1, draw 2 series against them, and win a one day series against them in SA. Also he managed to beat a strong India in India in a one day series, all people remember are his losses, he had no great bowlers or batsmen when he visited AUS, NZ or SA. Also he managed 7-2 in tests in England. certainly not bad, leading an average team.

  • SuffyanSaffi on May 17, 2017, 3:48 GMT

    Misbah was a true fighter of Pakistan. when i start watching cricket, i could not under stand Misbah,s defencive mind but as time passed away, i love Misbah more then Afridi. Misbah will remain in our hearts through out the life. We will miss him in bad times.

  • Yasir Khan on May 16, 2017, 20:20 GMT

    Misbah is the epitome of calm and coolness

  • quamrul on May 16, 2017, 13:39 GMT

    We all know what MisYou have contributed to Pakistan cricket n what image they have around the world. Very few cricketers from any country command the respect universally that they have and thats been so refreshing and so much essential vis a vis the post Sri Lanka team attack !! In the past PCB never utilized the benefits and services the way it should have from other legends who retired from active cricket. This time I strongly feel PCB should consider making Misbah Chief of the Board asap. His education, management, cricketing connections and above all politics-free and corruption-free image will make him a super candidate for this role. His age is also just about right to take the rigors of the Chief of PCB. Wonder if any one calling the shots in high ups in the government is also thinking similarly. They can hit a winning SIX if they act swiftly n surely. Good Luck, Good Life, Good Health to both in their future life.

  •   S M Khurram Quaseem on May 16, 2017, 8:15 GMT

    For #Mis|You, I want to repeat the fittingly words posted earlier by CRICFAN53340076 : Thank you for giving us back our pride and trust we lost in 2010. You guys provided a great level of commitment and character which our team needed badly over the years.

    There might be better players and leaders to come to Pakistan Cricket. But the way you guys carried over the team in crunch time; you guys have saved your own slots in history and hearts...

    A final push-up! A final salute!

  • sajjadparrey on May 16, 2017, 6:17 GMT

    Thank you so much Misbah for shaping a ragged and torn team into a successful one. And thank you Shoaib Malik for being adamant on Misbah's selection back in 2007. I wish both of you beautiful and happy life ahead...

  • lullyshah on May 15, 2017, 15:40 GMT

    Cricinfo commentary - Pakistan v NewZealand 2009.

    152.6 Misbah looks to swing that one over midwicket, an everything-behind-it slog from Misbah after coming down the track, misses the ball and is he stumped here? third umpire is called, and Misbah's backfoot is on the crease when McCullum takes off the bails, Is that the last we'll see of Misbah in Tests? 361/5

    Now there was a time...

  • ahmednaveed on May 15, 2017, 13:32 GMT

    Thanks Misbah for all you have given to Team Pakistan .Without any doubt you have done a lot for team Pakistan but i am sorry to mention that you have not developed any alternative player in Pak team ,What you are leaving is your individual performance and records but not leaving any legacy like Imran khan or other good skippers have left after their retirement thats why whole team became dependent on you and Younes khan .You are one of best legend player and one of best best performer of the team . Unfortunately we still need to find New Talents to develop them as legend like you , Younes .

  • Lewin Zoe on May 15, 2017, 11:46 GMT

    Thank you very much Misbah, you will be greatly missed. we love you.