Pakistan skipper and veteran batsman, Misbah-ul-Haq will be going back home ahead of the Second Test against New Zealand, starting on Friday. On Sunday evening Misbah will be leaving for Pakistan, as his father-in-law has passed away.
Misbah got to know about the same ahead of the day fours play on Sunday, where Pakistan was defeated by New Zealand by eight wickets at Christchurchs Hagley Oval in the First Test.
Pakistan vice-captain Azhar Ali will be the stand-in skipper for the team in Misbahs absence and that will be a huge blow for the visitors before the Second Test at Hamiltons Seddon Park. Azhar Said, Hes been exceptional through the years and well miss him definitely. Hopefully, whoever comes into the side will take that opportunity and give us runs, also the stability in the middle.”
The vacant space created by Misbah is likely to be filled by Sharjeel Khan or Mohammad Rizwan, who are yet to make their test debut in tests but have demonstrated their skills in limited overs cricket.
Talking about the team Azhar said, As a batting unit, we need to put up a better show. We are capable of that and all the top six have done it in the past. They know how to play long innings.”