Misbah-ul-Haq in 2010.
|Full name||Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi|
28 May 1974 |
Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Batting style||Right-hand batsman|
|Bowling style||Right arm leg spin|
|Role||Batsman, Pakistan captain|
|Test debut (cap 166)||8 March 2001 v New Zealand|
|Last Test||23-26 October 2013 v South Africa|
|ODI debut (cap 142)||27 April 2002 v New Zealand|
|Last ODI||22 December 2013 v Sri Lanka|
|ODI shirt no.||22|
|T20I debut (cap 17)||2 September 2007 v Bangladesh|
|Last T20I||27 February 2012 v England|
|Domestic team information|
|2003–present||Sui Northern Gas Pipelines|
|2000–2003||Khan Research Laboratories|
|Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 23 December 2013|
Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi (Urdu: مصباح الحق خان نیازی)(born 28 May 1974 at Mianwali, Punjab) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is the current Test and One Day International (ODI) captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. He is a solid middle-order batsmen best known for his composure with the bat whilst also having the ability to be an aggressive big shot player when required. Misbah also has an MBA degree from the University of Management and Technology in Lahore, Punjab.1
- 1 Early career
- 2 Comeback
- 3 Dropping out and the captaincy (2010–2013)
- 3.1 Captaincy
- 3.2 Test Series against England in UAE (2012)
- 3.3 Stepping down as T20 Captain
- 3.4 Asia Cup 2012
- 3.5 India Tour (Dec 2012)
- 3.6 ICC Champions Trophy 2013
- 3.7 West Indies Tour (July 2013)
- 3.8 Batting performance 2013
- 3.9 Domestic season 2012/13
- 3.10 Test Series vs South Africa 2013
- 3.11 ODI Series vs South Africa 2013 (UAE)
- 3.12 ODI Series vs South Africa 2013 (South Africa)
- 3.13 Series vs Sri Lanka 2013 - 2014 (UAE/Sharjah/Dubai)
- 4 Declining offer to play county cricket in 2013
- 5 Test centuries
- 6 T20 International fifties
- 7 Awards
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Related to the former Pakistan captain turned politician Imran Khan,2 Misbah ul Haq was initially noticed for his technique and his temperament in the Tri-nation tournament in Nairobi, Kenya in 2002, as he scored two fifties in the three innings in which he played, however, over the next three Tests he played against Australia, he failed to score more than twenty runs and was soon dumped from the team. Having witnessed Pakistan being eliminated in the opening phase of the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Misbah was part of the changes made to the team in the aftermath of these results, but failed to make much of an impact and was soon dropped again.
At the age of 33, Misbah was chosen to play in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007, filling the middle order spot vacated by Inzamam-ul-Haq. He had been regularly making runs in Pakistani domestic cricket and in the years before his recall he was consistently one of the top run scorers at each season's end, with his first-class average briefly climbing above 50.
Misbah was one of the stars of the tournament, playing a large part in many thrilling run chases. The first was in the group stage against India where he scored a half century in a tied match. He was run out attempting the winning run off the last ball of the match. In their Super 8s encounter with Australia he was named Man of the Match with an unbeaten 66 off 42 deliveries to see his side home with 5 balls to spare. Another unbeaten innings in the semi final against New Zealand saw Pakistan book a spot in the final against India.
He played an instrumental role in Pakistan's recovery in the inaugural 2007 ICC World Twenty20 final against arch-rivals India, with three sixes. He hit the second legitimate ball of the last over for six. With 6 runs needed to win off 4 remaining balls, Misbah tried to scoop the ball over short fine leg, but was caught out by Sreesanth.
Misbah scored his first Test hundred against India at Kolkata in the 2nd Test of the 2007 series. After India managed 616 in their first innings, Pakistan were at 5 for 150 in reply and in danger of following on when Misbah and Kamran Akmal put together a match saving 207 run stand. Misbah finished on 161 not out. In the 3rd & final Test of the series, Misbah made another fluent century this time finishing on 133 not out.
2008 began with some high points for Misbah as he was elevated to the post of Vice – Captain of the Pakistan team and was awarded a Grade A Contract. Since returning to International Cricket for Pakistan, Misbah has gone through a sustained patch of prolific run scoring. In his last 5 Test Match innings for Pakistan, he has notched up 458 runs at a very high batting average of 152.67 against India. In his last 5 ODIs as well, Misbah has made 190 Runs at an average of 63.33 & in Domestic Cricket for Punjab, he has amassed an astounding 586 runs at an average of 195.33 with 2 centuries and his highest first-class score of 208*. He holds the record for having scored the most ODI fifties without ever having scored a century, which is 26, having surpassed New Zealand's Andrew Jones' 25. Misbah has completed his MBA.
Due to the batting-collapses that Pakistan suffered during England tour 2010 and spot-fixing controversy, Misbah was recalled for the subsequent tour against South Africa in the UAE to lead as a captain of the team for test series. After resignation of Shahid Afridi as test captain and suspended captain Salman Butt due to spot-fixing scandal, Misbah was preferred over Younus Khan, Mohammad Yousuf and Kamran Akmal as captain. Wasim Akram stated that although the decision was surprising if Misbah bats and fields well everything else will go according to plan.4 Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson stated that he believed Misbah has the best cricketing brain within Pakistan and he will do incredibly well in the plans for the captaincy5 Misbah hit back at those who criticised the decision to appoint him captain and stated that he should be given a chance to prove himself 6 In his first match as test captain he set an example for his team when he scored 71* in a 168 run partnership with Younus Khan this helped Pakistan salvage a draw from the match. Misbah has led Pakistan in 21 test matches, winning 10, losing only 4 with 7 draws. In 2012 Misbah led Pakistan to a clean sweep against the world number one ranked team England and also become only 2nd Pakistani captain to win the Asia Cup after Moin Khan. He has won 6 out of 10 series during his captaincy, winning series against New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, England and South Africa (a feat no Pakistani captain had been able to manage before Misbah), drawing against South Africa and the West Indies, and losing to South Africa and Sri Lanka.
In January 2012, Pakistan hosted England in United Arab Emirates (UAE). The tour included three Tests, four ODIs and three T20Is.The matches were meant to be held in Pakistan, but ongoing security problems in the country meant that the series was moved to the UAE.
Pakistan won the Test series after whitewashing England by a 3–0 margin. This was Misbah's biggest achievement as captain. Pakistan won the first test by 10 wickets, 2nd by 72 runs and 3rd test by 71 runs. England however took some revenge by winning the ODI series 4–0 and T20I series 2–1.
After the defeat in Twenty20 series against England in 2012 and criticism from former cricketers, Misbah stepped down as Pakistan's Twenty20 captain and Mohammad Hafeez was named his successor to lead the team in Twenty20.8
Following the poor performance against England in ODI series in 2012, Pakistan won the Asia Cup under Misbah-ul-Haq's captaincy. Pakistan defeated Bangladesh in final to win Asia Cup. He became only 2nd Pakistani captain to win the Asia Cup after Moin Khan.
In Dec 2012, Pakistan toured India, where they went with a young and new team. Pakistan won 2-1 in the 3 match ODI series under Misbah-ul-Haq. While they drew Twenty20 series 1-1 under Mohammad Hafeez's captaincy.
Pakistan's Champions Trophy performance was horrible where they lost all group stage matches. But Misbah continued to support his team while other batsmen failed to score. Misbah ended up being leading run scorer from Pakistan and 6th overall in competition scoring 173 runs in 3 matches at mammoth average of 86.50. Misbah also missed an opportunity to score his maiden century in ODIs when his team was all-out when he was at career-best 96 not-out vs West Indies in group stage match.
Pakistan's problems of their batsmen failing to score enough runs continued. But Misbah's impressive form with the bat continued in West Indies tour where he always had to rescue his team from a collapse. He scored four half-centuries out of five matches. He finished the tour with 260 runs at an average of 65.00. He received two Man-of-Match awards in the tour. He was also adjudged Man-of-Series after an impressive performance with bat. Pakistan won that series 3-1.
After a productive series with the bat against West Indies, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq moved to a career-best seventh place in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen. At that time Misbah was the leading run-getter in 2013 scoring 808 runs with nine half-centuries ahead of Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka.9
Misbah had not only gained success at international level but also at domestic level. His 2012-13 domestic season was memorable. He captained Faisalabad Wolves in Twenty20 domestic tournament and SNGPL in First-class and List-A domestic tournament. First, he took SNGPL to victory in President's Trophy against Younus Khan's HBL and then Faisalabad Wolves to victory in Faysal Bank Super 8 against Shoaib Malik's Sialkot Stallions in final surprisingly. Though Faisalabad Wolves lost final earlier in Faysal Bank T20 Cup against Mohammad Hafeez's Lahore Lions but they took their revenge in Super 8 tournament in semi-final and eventually winning the tournament and more importantly qualifying for the Champions League T20. And at last Misbah led SNGPL to another victory in domestic list-A tournament, President's Cup against Rana Naved-ul-Hasan's WAPDA in final. Misbah won all domestic tournaments (Twenty20, first-class and list-A) in domestic season 2012/13.
In the first test at Abu Dhabi, Pakistan amassed a massive 442 versus the world no.1 team, Misbah scored his 4th test century, which was the second in the innings after Khurram Manzoor's 146. In the second innings the Pakistani batting collapsed and were 7/3 with only needing a mere target of 40. When the two seniors of the team (Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan) came in to bat, Misbah hit two sixes off the bowling of Robin Peterson and hit the winning runs with a humongous straight six.
In the second test at Dubai, Pakistan were all out for an abysmal 99 in the first innings. After South Africa amassed a colossal total of 517 with Graeme Smith hitting his 4th Test double and yet another century from the canny AB de Villiers, Pakistan were faltering for an embarrassing defeat. At 70/4 Misbah came in and blitzed the South African bowling attack with a 197 run stand with the youthful Asad Shafiq repeating the same stand the two had in the first test, Misbah scored a meticulous 88 before trying to obliterate the part-time spinner Dean Elgar over cow corner but edged it straight to Jacques Kallis.
Pakistan played a series of 5 ODIs against South Africa in the UAE, 2013. The first was played at Sharjah, where Pakistan were set a target of 184, having bowled out the South Africans for 183 in 49.5 overs. Misbah came in to bat at 75/2, and scored 31 before being caught by Faf du Plessis off Wayne Parnell's bowling. Pakistan collapsed after Misbah's wicket and were all out for 182 in 46.3 overs, to lose the opening game by 1 run.
In Dubai, the Pakistan team set the South Africans a target of 210 after being bowled out in 49.4 overs. Pakistan bowled well to restrict South Africa to 143, winning the 2nd ODI by 66 runs and leveling the series 1-1.
South Africa managed to score 259/8 at the end of 50 overs in the 3rd ODI at Abu Dhabi. Pakistan's brittle batting could not cope with the pressure and were bundled out for a mere 191, losing by 68 runs. The 4th ODI was played at the same ground, where South Africa (266/5) managed to restrict Pakistan to 238, winning by 28 runs, and also taking the series. This was the first time in a 5-match bilateral ODI series between South Africa and Pakistan that a pattern of winning alternate games was not followed. It also marked another series defeat for Pakistan by the South Africans, having lost to them in all the series played up till now.
The dead rubber was held at Sharjah, where Pakistan again gave a display their hopeless chasing. Being set a target of 269, after South Africa scored 268/7 in all 50 overs, the batting line-up of Pakistan proved their inadequacy and were all out for 151, losing by 117 and handing South Africa the series 4-1.
This series defeat brought Misbah's captaincy under severe scrutiny. Ex-Pakistani players were demanding a total renovation of Pakistan cricket, and Misbah was being criticized left, right and center for his captaincy, slow batting and the defeat. The PCB, however announced that Misbah was to remain captain until the 2015 WC. Several TV shows and notable personalities opposed this decision and demanded that Misbah be sacked.
India was scheduled to play South Africa in a 3 Test, 7 ODI and 3 T20I series, which was cut short by the BCCI. To minimize losses, CSA invited Pakistan to play South Africa at home, in their 3rd bilateral series of the year.
The first ODI was hosted at Cape Town. Once again, the Pakistani top order failed to perform as Pakistan fell to 131/7 in 35.5 overs. Pakistan's 2 debutants of the game, pace-bowling all-rounders Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali sought to finish the job, putting up an 8th-wicket stand of 74, Pakistan's highest partnership of the game, to take Pakistan to a total of 218. South Africa tried to keep up, but the pair also bowled considerably well, picking up a total of 5 wickets (Anwar 2/24, Bilawal 3/37). South Africa were bundled out for 195, losing by 23 runs, and Pakistan taking the lead, 1-0.
The 2nd ODI at Port Elizabeth was rain-affected, bringing it down to 45 overs per side. South Africa won the toss and chose to field. Pakistan set them a total of 262 after Ahmad Shahzad's 102, the 3rd century of his career. South Africa fought back with heroics from AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla, and soon required 36 runs off 36 balls. AB de Villiers, however, was caught by Shahid Afridi off Junaid Khan to bring Pakistan back into the game. South Africa required 11 runs off the last 2 overs, which were bowled by Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan. Saeed Ajmal not only picked up Amla's wicket in the 44th over, but only gave away 2 runs. Junaid was left to defend 9 off the last 6 balls, a job made easy when Junaid cleaned up JP Duminy. South Africa needed a six off the last ball, with David Miller on strike, but only 4 leg byes were managed. Pakistan won the game by 1 run, which also lead them to a maiden series win against South Africa, that too at home. Pakistan was also the first Sub-Continent team to beat South Africa in a bilateral ODI series at home.
The dead rubber was played at Centurion, and 3 of Pakistan's star bowlers, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Junaid Khan were rested. Batting first once again, Pakistan scraped together a total of 179 all out, with Misbah remaining unbeaten on 79. Although the bowlers tried to keep Pakistan in the game, the South African batsmen were too good and won by 4 wickets. Pakistan took the series 2-1. This away win over the Proteas after being humiliated in Pakistan's adopted home, the UAE, brought things back to normal in Pakistan cricket, with Misbah receiving praise from across the country.
In December 2013 Sri Lanka played against Pakistan at neutral venues which served as home for Pakistan in the middle east. Owing to superb batting form of Mohammad Hafeez Pakistan won the ODI Series comfortably. In the test series despite dominating the first test Paksitan was not able to win the match due to good batting of Angelo Mathews in the 2nd innings. IN the second test Sri Lankan fast bowlers bowled well and led Sri Lanka to a comfortable victory. In the third test with a quick century from Azhar Ali and came from Sarfraz Ahmed and Misbah Paksitan won the test and squared the series 1-1. The series was the final series for Dav Whatmore as the coach of Pakistan.
Misbah revealed that he had been offered a two-year contract by Worcestershire County Cricket Club to play in the English County Championship from 2013 onwards, but declined due to clashes with his international commitments.10
The following table illustrates a summary of the Test centuries scored by Misbah-ul-Haq.11
- In the column Runs, * indicates being not out.
- The column title Match refers to the Match Number of his career.
|Test Centuries of Misbah-ul-Haq|
|||161*||9||India||Kolkata, India||Eden Gardens||2007|
|||133*||10||India||Bangalore, India||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium||2007|
|||102*||25||West Indies||Basseterre, St Kitts||Warner Park||2011|
|||100||39||South Africa||Abu Dhabi, UAE||Sheikh Zayed Stadium||2013|
|||135||43||Sri Lanka||Abu Dhabi, UAE||Sheikh Zayed Stadium||2014|
|4||55||35||Run out||India||Durban, South Africa||Kingsmead||2007|
|6||66*||42||Not out||Australia||Johannesburg, South Africa||The Wanderers||2007|
|10||87*||53||Not out||Bangladesh||Karachi, Pakistan||National Stadium||2008|
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||New Zealand||Basin Reserve, Wellington||15 Jan 2011||1st Innings: 99 (16×4); 2 Catches
2nd Innings: 70* (7×4)
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||New Zealand||McLean Park, Napier||1 Feb 2011||93* (7×4, 1×6)||Won13|
|2||West Indies||Kensington Oval, Bridgetown||28 April 2011||62*; DNB;||Won14|
|3||South Africa||Kingsmead, Durban||21 March 2013||80; DNB;||Won15|
|4||West Indies||Beausejour, Gros Islet||19 July 2013||75; DNB;||Tied16|
|5||West Indies||Beausejour, Gros Islet||24 July 2013||63; DNB;||Won17|
|6||Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club, Harare||31 August 2013||67; DNB;||Won18|
|S No||Series(Opponents)||Season||Series Performance|
||139 Runs (3 Matches);
||260 Runs (5 Matches & 5 Innings);
- "National hero Misbah ul Haq gets MBA Executive degree in a Special Convocation at UMT" University of Management and Technology (Pakistan). April 25, 2012.
- "Like Imran, Misbah is a Niazi" The Telegraph (Calcutta). January 2, 2013.
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- "Misbah steps down as Twenty20 captain." ESPNcricinfo. May 10, 2012.
- "Misbah climbs up ODI rankings" ESPNCricinfo. Jul 25, 2013.
- Farooq, Umar. "Misbah 'turned down' Worcestershire". www.ESPNCricinfo.com. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
- Misbah-ul-Haq, Test matches – Batting analysis. Cricinfo.com. Retrieved on 2008-04-22.
- "Pakistan vs. New Zealand, Basin Reserve, Wellington, Jan 15, 2011".
- "Pakistan vs. New Zealand, McLean Park, Napier, Feb 1, 2011".
- "Pakistan vs. West Indies, Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, April 28, 2011".
- "Pakistan vs. South Africa, Kingsmead, Durban, March 21, 2013".
- "Pakistan vs. West Indies, Beausejour, Gros Islet, July 19, 2013".
- "Pakistan vs. West Indies, Beausejour, Gros Islet, July 24, 2013".
- "Pakistan vs. Zimbabwe, Harare Sports Club, Harare, August 31, 2013".
|Pakistani national cricket captain (Tests)
|Pakistani national cricket captain (ODIs)
|Pakistani national cricket captain (T20I)
- Player profile: Misbah-ul-Haq from ESPNcricinfo
- Player profile: Misbah-ul-Haq from CricketArchive