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Misbah in 2015
Personal information
Full name Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi
Born (1974-05-28) 28 May 1974
Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan
Nickname Lone warrior, Backbone, King Misbah
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Batting style Right-hand batsman
Bowling style Right arm leg break
Role Batsman, Captain
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 166) 8 March 2001 v New Zealand
Last Test 22-26 October 2015 v England
ODI debut (cap 142) 27 April 2002 v New Zealand
Last ODI 20 March 2015 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 22
T20I debut (cap 17) 2 September 2007 v Bangladesh
Last T20I 27 February 2012 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–present Baluchistan
2006–2008 Punjab
2003–present Faisalabad
2003–present Sui Northern Gas Pipelines
2000–2003 Khan Research Laboratories
1998–2001 Sargodha
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 60 162 39 207
Runs scored 4,243 5,122 788 15,183
Batting average 48.77 43.40 37.52 50.77
100s/50s 9/31 0/42 –/3 42/83
Top score 161* 96* 87* 284
Balls bowled 24 318
Wickets 0 3
Bowling average 80.66
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/2
Catches/stumpings 38/– 66/–[1] 14/– 179/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 28 October 2015

Misbah-ul-Haq (Urdu: مصباح الحق خان نیازی ) (born 28 May 1974,Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan) is a Pakistani cricketer and the current Test captain of the Pakistan national cricket team, and was also the One Day International (ODI) captain until his retirement from ODI cricket after the 2015 Cricket World Cup.[2][3] He is a middle-order batsmen best known for his composure with the bat whilst also having the ability to be an aggressive big shot player when required. He is the top scorer in ODI cricket among those players who haven't scored a century in ODI.[4] Misbah holds the record of the fastest test half century and holds a joint record of fastest test century. Misbah has an MBA degree in HRM from the University of Management and Technology in Lahore, Punjab.[5] He belongs to the popular tribe of Pashtuns known as Niazi tribe.


Related to the former Pakistan captain turned politician Imran Khan,[6] Misbah ul Haq was initially noticed for his technique and his temperament in the Tri-nation tournament in Nairobi, Kenya in 2002, as he scored two fifties in the three innings in which he played, however, over the next three Tests he played against Australia, he failed to score more than twenty runs and was soon dumped from the team. Having witnessed Pakistan being eliminated in the opening phase of the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Misbah was part of the changes made to the team in the aftermath of these results, but failed to make much of an impact and was soon dropped again.


Misbah-ul-Haq in 2010

At the age of 33, Misbah was chosen to play in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007, filling the middle order spot vacated by Inzamam-ul-Haq. He had been regularly making runs in Pakistani domestic cricket and in the years before his recall he was consistently one of the top run scorers at each season's end, with his first-class average briefly climbing above 50.

Misbah was one of the stars of the tournament, playing a large part in many run chases. The first was in the group stage against India where he scored a half century in a tied match. He was run out attempting the winning run off the last ball of the match. In their Super 8s encounter with Australia he was named Man of the Match with an unbeaten 66 off 42 deliveries to see his side home with 5 balls to spare. Another unbeaten innings in the semi final against New Zealand saw Pakistan book a spot in the final against India.

He played an instrumental role in Pakistan's recovery in the inaugural 2007 ICC World Twenty20 final against arch-rivals India, with Four sixes. He hit the second legitimate ball of the last over for six. With 6 runs needed to win off 4 remaining balls, Misbah tried to scoop the ball over short fine leg, but was caught out by Sreesanth.

Misbah scored his first Test hundred against India at Kolkata in the 2nd Test of the 2007 series. After India managed 616 in their first innings, Pakistan were at 5 for 150 in reply and in danger of following on when Misbah and Kamran Akmal put together a match saving 207 run stand. Misbah finished on 161 not out. In the 3rd & final Test of the series, Misbah made another fluent century this time finishing on 133 not out.

2008 began with some high points for Misbah as he was elevated to the post of Vice – Captain of the Pakistan team and was awarded a Grade A Contract. Since returning to International Cricket for Pakistan, Misbah has gone through a sustained patch of prolific run scoring. In his last 5 Test Match innings for Pakistan, he has notched up 458 runs at a very high batting average of 152.67 against India. In his last 5 ODIs as well, Misbah has made 190 Runs at an average of 63.33 & in Domestic Cricket for Punjab, he has amassed an astounding 586 runs at an average of 195.33 with 2 centuries and his highest first-class score of 208*. He holds the record for having scored the most ODI fifties without ever having scored a century, which is 26, having surpassed New Zealand's Andrew Jones' 25. Misbah has completed his MBA.

Misbah was dropped from the team after the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 owing to a dismal performance with the bat, and missed the team's controversial tour of England in August 2010.[7]

Career highlights


I have to give full credit to Misbah as he has stabilised the team and leads from the front. His performance is also outstanding. He makes the boys feel comfortable and relaxed so they actually enjoy their cricket. He is mature and willing to listen. The only unfortunate thing is the age factor which is not in Misbah's favour.

—Pakistan coach Waqar Younis in 2011 on Misbah's captaincy.[8]

In January 2012, Pakistan hosted England in United Arab Emirates (UAE). The tour included three Tests, four ODIs and three T20Is.The matches were meant to be held in Pakistan, but ongoing security problems in the country meant that the series was moved to the UAE.

Pakistan won the Test series after whitewashing England by a 3–0 margin. This was Misbah's biggest achievement as captain. Pakistan won the first test by 10 wickets, 2nd by 72 runs and 3rd test by 71 runs. England however took some revenge by winning the ODI series 4–0 and T20I series 2–1.

After the defeat in Twenty20 series against England in 2012 and criticism from former cricketers, Misbah stepped down as Pakistan's Twenty20 captain and Mohammad Hafeez was named his successor to lead the team in Twenty20.[9]

Following the poor performance against England in ODI series in 2012, Pakistan won the Asia Cup under Misbah-ul-Haq's captaincy. Pakistan defeated Bangladesh in final to win Asia Cup. He became only 2nd Pakistani captain to win the Asia Cup after Moin Khan.

In Dec 2012, Pakistan toured India, where they went with a young and new team. Pakistan won 2–1 in the 3 match ODI series under Misbah-ul-Haq.


Misbah-ul-Haq in 2013

Pakistan's Champions Trophy performance lost all group stage matches. But Misbah continued to support his team while other batsmen failed to score. Misbah ended up being leading run scorer from Pakistan and 6th overall in competition scoring 173 runs in 3 matches at mammoth average of 86.50. Misbah also missed an opportunity to score his maiden century in ODIs when his team was all-out when he was at career-best 96 not-out vs West Indies in group stage match.

Misbah's form with the bat continued in West Indies tour where he always had to rescue his team from a collapse. He scored four half-centuries out of five matches. He finished the tour with 260 runs at an average of 65.00. He received two Man-of-Match awards in the tour. He was also adjudged Man-of-Series after an impressive performance with bat. Pakistan won that series 3–1.

Misbah-ul-Haq moved to a career-best seventh place in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen. At that time Misbah was the leading run-getter in 2013 scoring 808 runs with nine half-centuries ahead of Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka.[10]

Misbah had not only gained success at international level but also at domestic level. His 2012–13 domestic season was memorable. He captained Faisalabad Wolves in Twenty20 domestic tournament and SNGPL in First-class and List-A domestic tournament. First, he took SNGPL to victory in President's Trophy against Younus Khan's HBL and then Faisalabad Wolves to victory in Faysal Bank Super 8 against Shoaib Malik's Sialkot Stallions in final surprisingly. Though Faisalabad Wolves lost final earlier in Faysal Bank T20 Cup against Mohammad Hafeez's Lahore Lions but they took their revenge in Super 8 tournament in semi-final and eventually winning the tournament and more importantly qualifying for the Champions League T20. And at last Misbah led SNGPL to another victory in domestic list-A tournament, President's Cup against Rana Naved-ul-Hasan's WAPDA in final. Misbah won all domestic tournaments (Twenty20, first-class and list-A) in domestic season 2012/13.

In the first test at Abu Dhabi against South Africa, Pakistan amassed 442 versus the world no.1 team, Misbah scored his 4th test century, which was the second in the innings after Khurram Manzoor's 146. In the second innings the Pakistani batting collapsed and were 7/3 with only needing a mere target of 40. When the two seniors of the team (Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan) came in to bat, Misbah hit two sixes off the bowling of Robin Peterson and hit the winning runs with a straight six.

In the second test at Dubai, Pakistan were all out for 99 in the first innings. After South Africa amassed a total of 517 with Graeme Smith hitting his 4th Test double and yet another century from the AB de Villiers, Pakistan were faltering for an embarrassing defeat. At 70/4 Misbah came in and blitzed the South African bowling attack with a 197 run stand with the Asad Shafiq repeating the same stand the two had in the first test, Misbah scored 88 before trying to obliterate the part-time spinner Dean Elgar over cow corner but edged it straight to Jacques Kallis.

ODI series against South Africa in 2013

Pakistan played a series of 5 ODIs against South Africa in the UAE, 2013. The first was played at Sharjah, where Pakistan was set a target of 184, having bowled out the South Africans for 183 in 49.5 overs. Misbah came in to bat at 75/2, and scored 31 before being caught by Faf du Plessis off Wayne Parnell's bowling. Pakistan collapsed after Misbah's wicket and were all out for 182 in 46.3 overs, to lose the opening game by 1 run.

In Dubai, Pakistan won the 2nd ODI by 66 runs, leveling the series 1–1.

South Africa managed to score 259/8 at the end of 50 overs in the 3rd ODI at Abu Dhabi. Pakistan's brittle batting could not cope with the pressure and were bundled out for a mere 191, losing by 68 runs. The 4th ODI was played at the same ground, where South Africa (266/5) managed to restrict Pakistan to 238, winning by 28 runs, and also taking the series. This was the first time in a 5-match bilateral ODI series between South Africa and Pakistan that a pattern of winning alternate games was not followed. It also marked another series defeat for Pakistan by the South Africans, having lost to them in all the series played up till now.

The dead rubber was held at Sharjah. Being set a target of 269, after South Africa scored 268/7 in 50 overs, the batting line-up of Pakistan were all out for 151, losing by 117 and handing South Africa the series 4–1.

This series defeat brought Misbah's captaincy under severe scrutiny. Ex-Pakistani players were demanding a total renovation of Pakistan cricket, and Misbah was being criticized for his captaincy, slow batting and the defeat. The PCB, however, announced that Misbah was to remain captain until the 2015 WC. Several TV shows and notable personalities opposed this decision and demanded that Misbah be sacked.

ODI Series vs South Africa 2013 (South Africa)

India was scheduled to play South Africa in a 3 Test, 7 ODI and 3 T20I series, which was cut short by the BCCI. To minimize losses, CSA invited Pakistan to play South Africa at home, in their 3rd bilateral series of the year.

The first ODI was hosted at Cape Town. South Africa were bundled out for 195, losing by 23 runs, and Pakistan taking the lead, 1–0.

The 2nd ODI at Port Elizabeth was rain-affected, bringing it down to 45 overs per side. Pakistan won the game by 1 run, which also lead them to a maiden series win against South Africa, that too at home. Pakistan was also the first Sub-Continent team to beat South Africa in a bilateral ODI series at home.

The dead rubber was played at Centurion, and 3 of Pakistan's star bowlers, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Junaid Khan were rested. Batting first once again, Pakistan scraped together a total of 179 all out, with Misbah remaining unbeaten on 79. Although the bowlers tried to keep Pakistan in the game, the South African batsmen were too good and won by 4 wickets. Pakistan took the series 2–1. This away win over the Proteas after being humiliated in Pakistan's adopted home, the UAE, brought things back to normal in Pakistan cricket, with Misbah receiving praise from across the country.

Club cricket

Misbah Played In Indian Premier League Season 2008 For Royal Challengers Bangalore While He Played in Sri Lanka Premier League for Kandurata Warriors in 2012. And He also Represented St Lucia Zouks in 2013 Season in Caribbean Premier League.He also played for Abhani in Bangladesh. Misbah revealed that he had been offered a two-year contract by Worcestershire County Cricket Club to play in the English County Championship from 2013 onwards, but declined due to clashes with his international commitments.[11]

Captain of Pakistan

Test captain

Misbah-ul-Haq's record as Test captain
Teams Matches Won Lost Drawn
Australia 2 2 0 0
Bangladesh 4 3 0 1
England 6 4 0 2
New Zealand 5 2 1 2
South Africa 7 1 4 2
Sri Lanka 14 5 4 5
West Indies 2 1 1 0
Zimbabwe 3 2 1 0
Grand total 42 19 11 12 Date last Updated: October 27, 2015

Misbah ul Haq is the most successful test captain of Pakistan. Misbah has led Pakistan in 39 test matches, winning 18, losing 11 with 10 draws. Misbah named as test captain after spot-fixing scandal during England tour 2010 for the subsequent tour against South Africa in the UAE to lead as a captain of the team for test series. After resignation of Shahid Afridi as test captain and suspended captain Salman Butt due to spot-fixing scandal, Misbah was preferred over Younus Khan, Mohammad Yousuf and Kamran Akmal as captain. Wasim Akram stated that although the decision was surprising if Misbah bats and fields well everything else will go according to plan.[12] Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson stated that he believed Misbah has the best cricketing brain within Pakistan and he will do incredibly well in the plans for the captaincy[13] Misbah hit back at those who criticised the decision to appoint him captain and stated that he should be given a chance to prove himself[14] In his first match as test captain he set an example for his team when he scored 71* in a 168 run partnership with Younus Khan this helped Pakistan salvage a draw from the match. Misbah drawn his first test series under captaincy against South Africa in UAE. Misbah win first test series against New Zealand in New Zealand in 2010/2011. Pakistan win first test series after 2006 against West Indies. In 2011, Misbah never lost any test series draw series against West Indies and won against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In 2012 Misbah led Pakistan to a clean sweep against the world number one ranked team England in UAE.In next series against Sri Lanka, Misbah Ul Haq ban due to slow rate and Mohammad Hafeez led Pakistan in first test against Sri Lanka which lost by Pakistan. In first test series of 2013, South Africa white washed Pakistan by 3-0. In first test of this series in Johannesburg, Pakistan all team bowled out on 49 against South Africa. In next two series of 2013, Pakistan drawn against South Africa and Sri Lanka in UAE. In 2014, Pakistan played three test series under Misbah Captaincy which one win, lost and draw. Pakistan clean sweep against Australia. After first test victory against New Zealand Misbah Ul Haq most successful Pakistan test captain by wining 15 test. After world cup, Misbah win his first series aganist Bangladesh by 1-0. Pakistan beat Sri Lanka after 9 years by 2-1 under captaincy of Misbah.

ODI captain

Misbah-ul-Haq's record as ODI captain
Teams Matches Won Lost Tied N/R
Afghanistan 2 2 0 0 0
Australia 6 1 5 0 0
Bangladesh 6 6 0 0 0
England 4 0 4 0 0
India 8 4 4 0 0
Ireland 5 4 0 1 0
New Zealand 4 1 3 0 0
Scotland 1 1 0 0 0
South Africa 15 6 9 0 0
Sri Lanka 21 10 10 0 1
UAE 1 1 0 0 0
West Indies 7 3 3 1 0
Zimbabwe 7 6 1 0 0
Grand total 87 45 39 2 1
Date last Updated: Mar 20, 2015

In 2011, Misbah Ul Haq appointed ODI Captain after removing Shahid Afridi as ODI & T20 Captain. Misbah Ul Haq aso face criticism as an ODI Captain due to bad performance of Pakistan cricket team in ODI. Misbah Ul Haq successfully led Pakistan against Ireland, Zimababwe, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2011. In 2012, Misbah Ul Haq won Asia Cup held in Bangladesh only second captain to win this cup after Moin Khan but Misbah Ul Haq lost series against Sri Lanka and Australia this year. In 2013, mixed year for Misbah wining series against India, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and first ever Asian Captain to beat South Africa in South Africa but lost series against South Africa in UAE and South Africa and also bad performance in 2013 ICC Champions Trophy held in England lost all matches. In 2014, Pakistan runner-up in Asia Cup and lost series against Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

In 2015 World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand, Misbah Ul Haq was appointed captain of Pakistan Cricket Team in this World Cup. Under his Captaincy, Pakistan did not perform well in first two matches which lost against India and West Indies but later Pakistan good come back and win all four remaining pool matches including the one against South Africa and qualified for quarter finals. However, they lost to Australia in the quarter finals by six wickets. Misbah Ul Haq was the leading run scorer for Pakistan in the World Cup.He scored 350 runs in the WC 2015.After his retirement. Azhar Ali was appointed the ODI captain

International Records

  • Joint Fastest century in Tests (56 Balls) against Australia on 2 November 2014 in Abu Dhabi.[15]
  • Fastest Fifty in Tests (21 Balls) completed in 24 minutes against Australia in Abu Dhabi.
  • Most half centuries without making an ODI century - Misbah has 42 half-centuries without a single century.
  • Highest Run scorer as a Pakistani Captain.
  • Leading run scorer in ODIs during 2013.[16]
  • Most ODI fifties (15) in a calendar year (2013).[17]
  • Pakistan's most successful Test captain with 18 wins.[18]
  • First captain from subcontinent to beat South Africa in South Africa.[19]
  • Only second captain from Pakistan to win Asia Cup (2012).[20]
  • Eighth Pakistani player to hit centuries in both innings of a test match.[21]
  • Only Asian Captain to win 4 or more Test matches against England.

International Centuries

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out.
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of his career.

Test centuries

The following table illustrates a summary of the Test centuries scored by Misbah-ul-Haq.[22]

Misbah-ul-Haq's Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 161* 9  India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 2007 Drawn
2 133* 10  India Bangalore, India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 2007 Drawn
3 102* 25  West Indies Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis Warner Park 2011 Won
4 100 39 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2013 Won
5 135 43 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2014 Won
6 101 50 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2014 Won
7 101* Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2014
8 102* 51 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2014 Won
9 102* 60 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dubai Cricket Stadium 2015 Won

International Half-centuries

T20 International fifties

Mt. Runs Balls Dismissal Against City/Country Venue Year
4 55 35 Run out Durban, South Africa Kingsmead 2007
6 66* 42 Not out Johannesburg, South Africa The Wanderers 2007
10 87* 53 Not out Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2008

International Awards

Test Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 2nd Test – Pakistan in New Zealand Test Series 2010/11 1st Innings: 99 (16×4); 2 Catches
2nd Innings: 70* (7×4)
2 2nd Test – Australia vs Pakistan in UAE Test Series 2010/11 1st Innings: 101(211 balls) (10x4) (1x6)
2nd Innings:101*(57 balls) (11x4) (5x6)
won by 356 runs.[24]

One-Day International Cricket

Man of the series awards

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan in West Indies 2013 260 runs with avg. of 65.00 (5 Matches) Won the series 3-1.[25]

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 New Zealand McLean Park, Napier 1 Feb 2011 93* (91 balls, 7×4, 1×6) won by 2 wickets.[26]
2 West Indies Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 28 April 2011 62* (109 balls, 4x4, 1x6); DNB; won by 3 wickets.[27]
3 South Africa Kingsmead, Durban 21 March 2013 80 (93 balls, 7x4, 2x6); DNB; won by 3 wickets.[28]
4 West Indies Beausejour, Gros Islet 19 July 2013 75 (112 balls, 3x4, 2x6); DNB; Tied.[29]
5 West Indies Beausejour, Gros Islet 24 July 2013 63 (93 balls, 5x4, 1x6); DNB; won by 4 wickets.[30]
6 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare 31 August 2013 67 (85 balls, 6x4); DNB; won by 108 runs.[31]

Twenty20 International Cricket

Man of the Match Awards

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 2007 ICC World Twenty20 18th match (AUS vs PAK) in South Africa 2007 66* (42 balls: 7x4, 1x6) won by 6 wickets.[32]
2 Pakistan vs Bangladesh in Pakistan 2007/08 87* (53 balls: 3x4, 5x6) won by 102 runs.[33]


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  5. ^ "National hero Misbah ul Haq gets MBA Executive degree in a Special Convocation at UMT" University of Management and Technology (Pakistan). April 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "Like Imran, Misbah is a Niazi" The Telegraph (Calcutta). January 2, 2013.
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  9. ^ "Misbah steps down as Twenty20 captain." ESPNcricinfo. May 10, 2012.
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  19. ^ Pakistani cricket team in South Africa in 2013–14
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External links

  • Player profile: Misbah-ul-Haq from ESPNcricinfo
  • Misbah-ul-Haq's profile page on Wisden
  • Player profile: Misbah-ul-Haq from CricketArchive
Preceded by
Salman Butt
Pakistani national cricket captain (Tests)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Shahid Afridi
Pakistani national cricket captain (ODIs)
Succeeded by
Azhar Ali
Preceded by
Shahid Afridi
Pakistani national cricket captain (T20I)
Succeeded by
Mohammad Hafeez

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