Pakistan’s Misbah signs up to play in BPL

Bangladesh

Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has signed up to play in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and is looking to secure himself a contract with an English county side ahead of the England tour in July next year.

With Misbah having retired from international T20 and ODI cricket, the 41 year-ld has often spoken about how difficult it s to go straight into a Test series after having been inactive for a few months.

Misbah has just lead his country to a two-nil series victory over England in the United Arab Emirates.

Misbah told Cricinfo: "I have signed with BPL. I want to carry on and keep myself motivated and maintain my fitness. So whatever cricket comes in I want to play to avoid being complacent.

"I love the game and want to play it. It's really difficult when you have not played any competitive cricket for six, seven, eight months and suddenly you come and play against top players. So this is a period you need to motivate yourself.

"I can still play domestic cricket and be ready for that kind of challenge, but that's not easy.

"I have mentioned that before because after retiring from ODIs, I can feel that whenever the Tests come the first game is always difficult and the body mechanism is not working.

"I feel that I am playing after a long time and it takes one or two innings to settle and if you are getting out early it could be horrible for you so these things are there so I am just trying to rethink and work out."

Misbah has signed up to play for Rangpur in the third edition of the BPL, which starts on 22 November.

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