Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on Thursday called curtains on his worldwide career, announcing that the upcoming three-match series against West Indies beginning April 22 in Barbados will be his last.
Pakistan take on West Indies in a three-match series, with the first Test in Kingston starting on 21 April.
Misbah-ul-Haq will quit after Pakistan's Test series against West Indies.
"I was under no pressure from anyone", he added.
The 42-year-old Misbah has been Pakistan's most successful test captain with 24 victories from 53 test matches. "Making Sarfraz captain of all three formats would avoid groupings among players in the team", he told APP.
Since taking over the captaincy in the wake of an worldwide spot-fixing scandal in 2010, Misbah - who is now the oldest global cricketer - has led Pakistan in 53 Tests, winning 24, losing 18 and drawing 11.
"No discussions have been held with Misbah regarding his retirement". "I will continue to play cricket at the domestic level".
West Indies vs Pakistan ODI Series schedule (all matches in Guyana): 1st ODI (April 7), 2nd ODI (April 9), 3rd ODI (April 11).
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Misbah has led Pakistan with a steely determination and unflappable temperament since 2010 when he was appointed in the wake of the 2010 spot-fixing scandal. But overall it's fine and not like I am under any pressure or somebody has dictated this to me. "It's better we should back him even in hard times ... so that he could take the players in new direction".
Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said the 16-member squad was selected "keeping in mind the conditions in the West Indies and the recent performances of players" in the domestic and worldwide season.
Misbah who has appeared in 72 Tests, 162 ODIs and 39 T20 matches for Pakistan said he had not as yet decided what career he would adopt after stepping down as Test captain. "You don't get everything you ask for".
Shadab celebrated a dream debut for Pakistan, claiming three wickets in his side's six-wicket win over West Indies in the opening T20 of the four-match T20 series.
Pakistan then secured a 2-2 draw against England and were crowned the new world number one in Tests.
Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram speaking to Geo News said Misbah should be given a deserving farewell.
"He has given a lot to Pakistan cricket", Khan said, echoing a flood of accolades on social media, where #MISBAH was trending.