Misbah Ul Haq is all set to lead Pakistan team for the last time when they will take on West Indies in the three-Test Match series, which will begin in Jamaica on Friday.
Pakistan skipper will retire from international cricket with the ending of West Indies Test series next month. The veteran, who has represents his country in 72 Tests, 162 ODI’s and 39 T20’s. Misbah has recorded more than 10,000 runs collectively across formats since making his debut for Pakistan in 2001.
With his good behavior on the field as well as off the field, Misbah has won the hearts of Pakistan Cricket Board and he will soon become the first-ever recipient of the Imtiaz Ahmed Spirit of Cricket Trophy, which will also earn him a cash prize of Rs 500,000.
According to Daily Express, a few months ago, the PCB had announced the award, the Imtiaz Ahmed Spirit of Cricket Trophy, for which any team, player or official who played the game with its true spirit was eligible for that award.
Misbah’s name was discussed by a committee under the supervision of Professor Aijaz Farooqui, who is also a member of the PCB Governing Board, including other members ICC umpire Ahsan Raza and referee Muhammad Anees during a recent meeting in Lahore.
After reaching a conclusion, the committee members had consulted PCB’s chairman Shaharyar Khan, who agreed for Misbah.
The Spirit of Cricket Trophy has been named after former Test cricketer Imtiaz Ahmed, who played under Abdul Hafeez Kardar as part of Pakistan’s first-ever cricket team.
Currently, Misbah is busy leading the Test team on his farewell tour of the West Indies. Misbah will be awarded the Trophy during the PCB’s annual General Body Meeting on May 7 in Lahore.