Islamabad - Ageing Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Monday
confirmed he will not only lead his side in their four-match series in
England this summer, but is determined to play on until next year's tour
He is Pakistan's most successful Test captain,
having led his country to 20 wins, 11 draws and 11 defeats in his 42
matches in charge - a better record than the legendary Imran Khan.
his desire to continue has been in doubt since Pakistan's 2-0 win over
England last November, with doubts over his hunger to continue
compounded by a calf injury in January that flared up during the
Pakistan Super League a month later.
Misbah, who turns 42 next month, said he had now made up his mind and was determined to play on, pending form and fitness.
am working on my fitness," he said. "I am trying to get a contract with
a county so that I can get some practice ahead of the England tour but
if that doesn't come through then I will be touring England with
Pakistan 'A' ahead of the four Tests to get acclimatised."
second string will play four-day matches with county teams in June
before the national team contests two three-day practice matches against
Somerset and Sussex counties.
The first of four Tests will start at Lord's from July 14.
Misbah has not played a single Test in England during a 61-match career
-- and the fast paced tracks are expected to Test the reflexes of the
"I know it's a big challenge, so I am doing the best
preparations for the tour and realise the strength of the opposition,"
said Misbah. "After the England tour I am planning to play until the
Australia tour as there is not that much gap between the two series.
"All my plans are related to fitness and form and that's my priority," he added.
will play two Tests against the West Indies in September and October
followed by two Tests in New Zealand (November) and three in Australia