ProfileMisbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi ( Urdu:مصباح الحق خان نیازی born 28 May 1974, Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan) is a Pakistani cricketer and the current Test captain of the Pakistan national cricket team, and was also the One Day International (ODI) captain until his retirement from ODI cricket after the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He is a middle-order batsman best known for his composure with the bat whilst also having the ability to be an aggressive big shot player when required. He is the top scorer in ODI cricket among those players who haven't scored a century in ODI. He has the world record of scoring most runs without century in ODI career. Misbah holds the record of the fastest test half century and shared the record for fastest test century with Sir Vivian Richards, which was later broken by Brendon McCullum. Misbah has an MBA degree in HRM from the University of Management and Technology in Lahore, Punjab.
2007Misbah-ul-haqÂ making his international debut back in 2001, his breakthrough came when was selected for ICC World T20. Misbah was influential in his prolific 2007 ICC World T20 famously playing the Paddle Scoop in the Final against India in the final over as Pakistan lost by 5 runs. He was leading run scorer from Pakistan and third overall in the tournament. Also he is the only Pakistani player who reached 1st in ICC T20 rankings. No other Pakistani player could achieve this feat till now. He was the 1st Pakistani player to score 50 in T20I.
2010- 2013He was not considered for England tour where the spot-fixing saga happened due to which Salman Butt was banned, creating a captaincy hole in the team. Then in October 2010, surprisingly he was appointed the Pakistan's Test captain for series against South Africa in UAE.Misbah played an influential role in getting Pakistan to the 2011 World Cup semifinals under Shahid Afridi's captaincy. After the loss against India at Mohali, Misbah-ul-Haq faced criticism from fans and experts for playing too many dot balls in crucial overs. During Pakistan's tour of the West Indies, Misbah enjoyed success in the 2nd test match at Warner Park as he went on to score his first test century in four years. After West Indies series, Misbah replaced Shahid Afridi as the limited-overs captain after PCB and coach Waqar Younis were unhappy with Afridi's captaincy and awkward public statements.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.In the first test at Abu Dhabi against South Africa, Pakistan amassed 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 straight six. In the second test at Dubai, Pakistan were all out for 99 in the first innings. After South Africa amassed a total of 517 with Graeme Smith hitting his 4th Test double and yet another century from the 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 Asad Shafiq repeating the same stand the two had in the first test, Misbah scored 88 before trying to obliterate the part-time spinner Dean Elgar over cow corner but edged it straight to Jacques Kallis.
ODI Series vs South AfricaThe first ODI was hosted at Cape Town. 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. Pakistan won the game by 1 run, which also led them to a maiden series win against South Africa, that too at home. Pakistan was also the first South Asian 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 Super LeagueMisbah Ul Haq was signed by Islamabad United for a price of $140,000 to be played in February 2016. He is the 10th highest scorer in PSL . He led Islamabad United to be the first champions of Pakistan Super League. Under his captaincy Islamabad United won the first edition of Pakistan Super League tournament in 2016.
Bangladesh Premier LeagueMisbah Ul Haq was signed by Rangpur to play in the third edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. Misbah Ul Haq made the decision to play in order to remain match fit for the upcoming Test Series with England in July 2016. In only his first game for Rangpur Riders Misbah Ul Haq scored 61 runs, smashing 4 sixes and winning his team the game by chasing a mammoth total of 187. He was awarded the Man of the Match award.
Captain of Pakistan
Test captainHe is the most successful test captain of Pakistan. Misbah has led Pakistan in 48 test matches, winning 24, losing 13 with 11 draws. Misbah was named test captain after spot-fixing scandal during England tour of 2010. In subsequent series against South Africa in the UAE he led Pakistan in tests. After resignation of Shahid Afridi as test captain and suspension of 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.
Sitara-e-ImtiazPresident of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain presented the Pakistan Civil Awards at the President’s House in Islamabad whereas governors of the provinces gave away the awards at the Governor Houses at respective Provincial capitals on the eve of Pakistan Day on Friday 23rd March 2018. The civil awards were conferred on 152 personalities for displaying excellence in various fields. Among them, four outstanding cricketers have also been awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the third highest civil award of the country. They were former captains Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi, and present captain Sarfraz Ahmed. Misbah-ul-Haq led the Pakistan Test team to possess world top ranking for the first time in the history of cricket.
Awarded Tamgha-e-ImtiazThe federal government has decided to award Tamgha-e-Imtiaz to three former and one existing captains of Pakistan cricket team for their services for Pakistan’s cricket.On 23 March ( Pakistan Day) every year, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz is awarded to people who show exceptional devotion and commitment in their respective fields. This year, Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and former captains Misbahul Haq, Shahid Khan Afridi and Younis Khan will also get this prestigious award.Younis Khan is the only batsman from Pakistan who has scored 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Pakistan also won T20 World Cup in 2009 under the captaincy of Younis Khan.Misbahul Haq is the most successful Test captain of Pakistan. Under his captaincy, Pakistan gained top spot in Test Rankings.Shahid Khan Afridi’s record of fastest ODI century was broken after 16 years. He played a crucial role in the victory of Pakistan team in the semi-final and final of the 2009 T20 World Cup.Sarfaraz Ahmed led Pakistan to victory in the Champions Trophy and also made Pakistan the top T20 team of the world.
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