Mis­bah signs with Bangladesh team

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LAHORE: Pak­istan’s Test cap­tain Mis­bah-ul-Haq said yes­ter­day he had signed a con­tract with a Bangladesh Twenty20 side, de­fer­ring retirement plans af­ter his side’s 2-0 win against England last week. The 41-year-old had hinted that last week’s Test se­ries could be his swan­song, but later said he might be per­suaded to re­turn for next year’s four-match se­ries hosted by England. The se­ries will be Pak­istan’s next Test as­sign­ment and, hav­ing re­tired from one day cricket this year and Twenty20 in­ter­na­tion­als in 2012, Mis­bah is set to face eight months out of na­tional colours. In or­der to keep his eye in, he said he wants to play do­mes­tic cricket and has signed a con­tract with the Rang­pur Rid­ers in the Bangladesh Pre­mier League. “I will be play­ing in the Bangladesh league and hope that this op­por­tu­nity helps me carry on,” said Mis­bah. “I need to play to mo­ti­vate my­self for the England tour.” Pak­istan Cricket Board chair­man Sha­har­yar Khan had asked Mis­bah to de­lay his Test retirement un­til at least the next tour in or­der to give Pak­istan a longer tran­si­tion pe­riod. “I have to look for ways and means to mo­ti­vate my­self as its tough when you play only one for­mat of the game,” Mis­bah said af­ter the team’s win in last week’s Test in Shar­jah. —AFP

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