Lahore - Pakistan Test captain
Misbah-ul-Haq said on Friday he was mulling retirement after the upcoming
Pakistan-England series, saying he hoped to leave the game on a high.
The 41-year-old said the series against
England "could be my last".
"I haven't taken a final
decision," Misbah told media on the side-lines of a training camp in
Lahore, adding that he was considering his options.
Misbah retired from Twenty20 cricket in
2012 and left the one-day international game after Pakistan's quarter-final
finish in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in March.
He said he wanted to leave Test cricket
with "good memories".
"People remember your final
performance," he said.
The unassuming middle-order batsman will be
remembered for his admirable leadership of Pakistan in the aftermath of the
2010 spot-fixing scandal which resulted in five-year bans for Salman Butt,
Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.
Last month Misbah had announced he will
retire after an upcoming series against India, but the December-January contest
is in serious doubt due to tensions between the arch-rivals.
Pakistan take on the Ashes-winning England
team in a three-Test series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) starting in Abu
Dhabi from October 13.
Misbah warned the conditions in the UAE
will be challenging for England.
"This English team has done well in the
Ashes," he said.
"But they do not have experience of
UAE conditions and that will be a big challenge for them."
He refused to be drawn on the prospect of
another 3-0 rout of the Lions, such as the one in the UAE under his captaincy
three years ago.
"We have to take it match by match,
session by session and once you win sessions you go towards the bigger goals.
"We are not thinking of 3-0, England
is a top team and we have to play well and think how to tackle them."
When asked if Pakistan would miss Saeed
Ajmal - one of the architects of the 2012 rout with 24 wickets - Misbah said
Pakistan have replacements in leg-spinner Yasir Shah and left-armer Zulfiqar
"Shah and Babar are doing
extraordinarily well and that's a big plus, so they haven't made us feel
anyone's absence," said Misbah.
Ajmal was not selected for the series after
he struggled with a remodelled bowling action required to overcome suspension.
He was suspended for illegal action by the
International Cricket Council last year.