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PSL to determine Misbah’s future

Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq will make up his mind in regard to retirement from the international cricket after assessing his run in the second edition of the PSL, where he will lead Islamabad United in their title defence.

In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, the 42-year-old said: "I think in this one month I will make my decision to quit or at least give a certain date. I could easily have quit after England series in UAE [in November 2015] but that wasn't the right way.

"The idea is to assess myself how badly I want to play cricket."

After levelling the series against England at The Oval on August 14 last year, the Pakistan captain revealed that he continued playing the Test cricket as his team needed him.

He reiterated the idea during his interview, saying that he knew the tours of New Zealand and Australia will see him lose more. "You sometime don't see your own achievements and personal gains. You also have to think about the team you have built, you have to see where it stands at a certain stage. Otherwise it was easy for me to retire after taking Pakistan to number one. I don't really think about my personal gains and I knew I had more to lose from Australia and New Zealand, but I think that wasn't a right way to think about. I had to stand there and give youngsters a message that you have to face the music in tough situations, face the challenge.

"That was my thinking behind and I am sure [critics] will come up with another narrative to disagree with me. No matter that you lose, but accept the challenge. Don't run off. And at least give them [youngsters] the encouragement, stand behind them."

Since their defeat against the West Indies at Sharjah, Pakistan have not won a single Test match. They were outclassed by the Kiwis in the two-Test series in New Zealand and continued with the tradition of being whitewashed in Australia.

In the wake of such abysmal show, there have been calls for Misbah’s retirement. But it is to be seen whether Pakistan’s most successful captain hang his boots before the all-important West Indies tour.