Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Sunday he hopes to prolong his Test career by playing in domestic matches and possibly for an English county.
After Pakistan’s proposed series against arch-rivals India recently fell though, 41-year-old Misbah has played first-class matches for Sui Northern Gas in Karachi to keep himself fit for the four-Test series in England in July next year.
“I am looking at my Test career,” Misbah said. “If I am at the ground it’s obvious that I am playing competitive cricket, so I have that in mind to play the series in England.
“But there is still some time left, so mentally and physically I am getting ready and keeping myself motivated,” said Misbah, who retired from Twenty20 cricket in 2012 and one-days earlier this year.
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Misbah added he was trying to play for a county in England but he did not specify which one.
“I am making an effort so that if I play in those conditions (for a county), it will help me because I have not played Tests in England. It would be good if I get that opportunity,” he said.
Misbah had hinted at retiring after the England series in UAE last month but an immensely succesful run has resulted in a rethink.
“It was a good year,” said Misbah reflecting upon Pakistan’s Test series wins against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and England. The Pakistan captain is now hoping to carry that form in away tours to England and Australia next year.