‘I would love to captain Pakistan in Tests at home’


Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is hopeful of captaining his country in a Test match at home before he retires after seeing international cricket being played in the country for the first time since 2009.

The 40 year-old Misbah saw his national side take on Zimbabwe in two T20 Internationals in Lahore over the weekend, a format in which he has already retired, in what was an emotional occasion for Pakistan and world cricket.

There has been no international cricket played in Pakistan since gunmen attacked a Sri Lanka team bus on their way to the stadium in 2009, which left eight people dead and six members of the visiting team injured.

Pakistan have been forced to play their 'home' matches in the neighbouring countries of the UAE and Dubai, something which Misbah wants see change soon.

Zimbabwe and Pakistan now play an three-match ODI series, again a format that Misbah quit earlier this year at the conclusion of the World Cup.

Misbah told cricket.com.au: "I would love to captain Pakistan in Tests at home before I retire. I hope soon some team will visit Pakistan and we will play a Test series here. Even during the matches against Zimbabwe I regretted not being part of the team.

"People have proved that cricket is still alive in Pakistan. The way fans have turned out to watch matches, despite searing heat and extraordinary security measures, it has strengthened the view that international cricket should be played here.

"The people of Pakistan have shown to world that they can't be kept away from cricket. We have given a very strong message to the world.  Zimbabwe is not much popular as compared to other cricketing countries, (and) still the fans have come out in large numbers to support them.

"It shows how badly we were missing cricket."