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Personal information
Full name Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi
Born (1974-05-28) 28 May 1974 (age 42)
Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting style Right-hand batsman
Bowling style Right arm leg break
Role Batsman, Test captain
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 166) 8 March 2001 v New Zealand
Last Test 26–30 December 2016 v Australia
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
2008 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2015 Rangpur Riders
2015 St Lucia Zouks
2005/06–2015 Faisalabad Wolves
2016-present Islamabad United
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 72 162 39 218
Runs scored 4951 5,122 788 16,031
Batting average 45.84 43.40 37.52 50.57
100s/50s 10/36 0/42 0/3 43/92
Top score 161* 96* 87* 284
Balls bowled 24 324
Wickets 0 3
Bowling average 82.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/2
Catches/stumpings 49/– 66/–[1] 14/– 179/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 24 August 2016

Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi (Urdu: مصباح الحق خان نیازی‎) (born 28 May 1974,Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan) is a Pakistani cricketer who leads the Test 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 batsman 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. He has the world record of scoring most runs without century in ODI career.[4] Misbah holds the record of the fastest test half century and shared the record for fastest test century with Sir Vivian Richards, which was later broken by Brendon McCullum. Misbah has an MBA degree in HRM from the University of Management and Technology in Lahore, Punjab.[5]

Early & Personal life[edit]

Misbah grew up in Mianwali, Punjab. During his early days Misbah played tape ball cricket for his hometown. But his parents insisted on him having a good education. Therefore he completed a BSc in Faisalabad. He then enrolled in the University of Management and Technology to pursue a MBA degree. Misbah would eventually make his first-class debut in 1998, aged 24 for Sargodha. Misbah would eventually be selected for the Pakistani Test side in 2001 and the ODI cricket team in 2002.[6] Misbah is married to Uzma Khan. The couple have two children; Faham-ul-Haq and Noriza Khan.

Career highlights[edit]


Although making his international debut back in 2001, his breakthrough came when was selected for ICC World T20. Misbah was influential in his prolific 2007 ICC World T20 famously playing the Paddle Scoop in the Final against India in the final over as Pakistan lost by 5 runs. He was leading run scorer from Pakistan and third overall in the tournament. Also he is the only Pakistani player who reached 1st in ICC T20 rankings. No other Pakistani player could achieve this feat till now. He was the 1st Pakistani player to score 50 in T20I. [7]

During Pakistan's tour of India, Misbah scored two centuries and was named acting captain for an ODI due to Shoaib Malik's injury.


Misbah was a member of the 2009 World T20 winning squad and was praised for his performance.


Earlier in 2010, after the Australia tour, he was dropped from all formats of the game and later was considering retiring if the selectors continue to ignore him.[8] He was not considered for England tour where the spot-fixing saga happened due to which Salman Butt was banned, creating a captaincy hole in the team. Then in October 2010, surprisingly he was appointed the Pakistan's Test captain for series against South Africa in UAE.[9]


Misbah played an influential role in getting Pakistan to the 2011 World Cup semifinals under Shahid Afridi's captaincy. After the loss against India at Mohali, Misbah-ul-Haq faced criticism from fans and experts for playing too many dot balls in crucial overs.

During Pakistan's tour of the West Indies, Misbah enjoyed success in the 2nd test match at Warner Park as he went on to score his first test century in four years. After West Indies series, Misbah replaced Shahid Afridi as the limited-overs captain after PCB and coach Waqar Younis were unhappy with Afridi's captaincy and awkward public statements.[10]


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.[11]

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.[12]


Year 2013 was great for Misbah in terms of his batting. Misbah-ul-Haq moved to a career-best seventh place in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen. Misbah was the leading run scorer in ODI cricket for year 2013 ahead of Mohammad Hafeez and Virat Kohli.[13]

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.

Misbah finished the year as the highest run scorer in ODIs with 1373 runs ahead of teammate Mohammad Hafeez.

Criticism on his captaincy[edit]

In 2013, Pakistan played bilateral series against South Africa, India, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka and they also participated in Champions Trophy. Despite winning against India in India, away series lose against South Africa 3-2, win-less streak in Champions Trophy and winning against minnow Zimbabwe 2-1 and then again defeat in home series against South Africa in UAE 4-1 put huge criticism on Misbah's captaincy and his approach to the game. Especially series defeat against South Africa 4-1, 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 Cricket World Cup. Several TV shows and notable personalities opposed this decision and demanded that Misbah should be sacked.

ODI Series vs South Africa 2013 (South Africa)[edit]

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.[14]

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 led them to a maiden series win against South Africa, that too at home. Pakistan was also the first South Asian team to beat South Africa in a bilateral ODI series at home.[15]

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.[16] 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.


In 2014, he made a test century off of 56 deliveries against Australia in Abu Dhabi, equaling the fastest one of that time by Viv Richards.

2015 and ODI retirement[edit]

In January 2015, Misbah announced that he would retire from ODIs and T20Is after the 2015 World Cup.[17] Misbah captained Pakistan in 2015 Cricket World Cup at Australia. He was the leading run scorer in tournament from Pakistan. Pakistan could only make it to Quarter-Finals. They were defeated by Australia in Quarter-Final, which was the last ODI match for Misbah.


In April 2016, Misbah decided to postpone his Test retirement until Australia tour in 2016/17.[18]

In July 2016, Misbah scored a century against England at Lord's and became the oldest cricketer in 82 years to score a test century.[19] At the age of 42 years and 2 months, Misbah also became the oldest captain ever to score a test century.[20] Misbah celebrated the landmark by saluting his team members and doing ten push-ups. He later explained during an interview that the celebration was meant as a tribute to the Military Boot Camp in Abbotabad where the team had attended an army style training session.[21]

In August 2016, under Misbah's captaincy, Pakistan achieved the number 1 ranking in test cricket for the first time since 1988. Pakistan displaced India as number 1 after rain caused the final test match between India and West Indies to end in a draw. PCB chairman Shahryar Khan and ex-Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said that all credit should be given to Misbah for his leadership over the last six years.[22]

In November 2016, against New Zealand at Christchurch, Misbah-ul-Haq was handed over a one-match suspension by the ICC for his side's slow over rate, meaning he had to miss the second Test in Hamilton.[23] On 30 December 2016, Cricinfo published an article which indicated that Misbah might retire.[24]

Misbah created a team when one didn't exist; Misbah believed in a team when no one did. For a short time, they held the Mace, Misbah held it, and Misbah gave it to them. It might be over. Hell, whatever it was, it was wonderful. If it is over, Misbah, zindabad.----------------- Jarrod Kimber a writer for ESPNcricinfo wrote in an article on 30 December 21016, when Misbah indicated he will retire.

Club cricket[edit]

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.

Bangladesh Premier League[edit]

In 2015 Misbah Ul Haq was signed by Rangpur to play in the third edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. Misbah Ul Haq made the decision to play in order to remain match fit for the upcoming Test Series with England in July 2016. In only his first game for Rangpur Riders Misbah Ul Haq scored 61 runs, smashing 4 sixes and winning his team the game by chasing a mammoth total of 187. He was awarded the Man of the Match award.

Pakistan Super League[edit]

Misbah Ul Haq was signed by Islamabad United for a price of $140,000 to be played in February 2016. He is the 10th highest scorer in PSL . He led Islamabad United to be the first champions of Pakistan Super League.[25]

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Captain of Pakistan[edit]

Test captain[edit]

Misbah-ul-Haq's record as Test captain
Teams Matches Won Lost Drawn
Australia 4 2 2 0
Bangladesh 4 3 0 1
England 10 7 2 1
New Zealand 5 2 1 2
South Africa 7 1 4 2
Sri Lanka 13 4 4 5
West Indies 4 3 1 0
Zimbabwe 3 2 1 0
Grand total 50 24 15 11
Date last Updated: October 25, 2016

Misbah ul Haq is the most successful test captain of Pakistan. Misbah has led Pakistan in 48 test matches, winning 24, losing 13 with 11 draws. Misbah was named test captain after spot-fixing scandal during England tour of 2010. In subsequent series against South Africa in the UAE he led Pakistan in tests. After resignation of Shahid Afridi as test captain and suspension of 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.[26] 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[27] 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[28]

ODI captain[edit]

Misbah was the ODI captain from 2008 - 2015 and had the 10th highest success rate. He left in 2015 as captain from criticism due to his slow yet successful approach. However, after continuous international losses, notably Pakistan's exit from the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, PCB officials seriously considered asking him to return as ODI captain.[29]

Misbah-ul-Haq's record as ODI captain
Teams Matches Won Lost Tied N/R Win%
 AFG 2 2 0 0 0 100%
 AUS 6 1 5 0 0 10%
 BAN 6 6 0 0 0 100%
 ENG 4 0 4 0 0 0%
 IND 8 4 4 0 0 50%
 IRE 5 4 0 1 0 80%
 NZ 4 1 3 0 0 25%
 SCO 1 1 0 0 0 100%
 RSA 15 6 9 0 0 40%
 SL 21 10 10 0 1 50%
 UAE 1 1 0 0 0 100%
 WIN 7 3 3 1 0 50%
 ZIM 7 6 1 0 0 100%
Grand total 87 45 39 2 1 52%
Date last Updated: 20 March 2015

Pakistan Super League[edit]

He is the Captain of Islamabad United (PSL) Under his captaincy Islamabad United won the first edition of Pakistan Super League tournament in 2016.

International Records[edit]

  • 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.
  • Leading run scorer in ODIs during 2013.[30]
  • Most ODI fifties (15) in a calendar year (2013).[31]
  • Joint second fastest century in Tests (56 balls) against Australia on 2 November 2014 in Abu Dhabi.[32]
  • Pakistan's most successful Test captain with 23 wins.[33]
  • First captain from South Asia to beat South Africa in South Africa.[34]
  • Only second captain from Pakistan to win Asia Cup (2012).[35]
  • Eighth Pakistani player to hit centuries in both innings of a test match.[36]
  • Only Asian Captain to win 4 or more Test matches against England.
  • Most Test centuries by a Pakistan Test captain.
  • The first batsman to make a Test hundred after the age of 41 since Geoffrey Boycott in 1981.

International Centuries[edit]

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

Test centuries[edit]

The following table illustrates a summary of the Test centuries scored by Misbah-ul-Haq.[37][38][39]

Misbah-ul-Haq's Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 161* 9  India India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 2007 Drawn
2 133* 10  India India Bangalore, India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 2007 Drawn
3 102* 25  West Indies Saint Kitts and Nevis Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis Warner Park 2011 Won
4 100 39  South Africa United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2013 Won
5 135 43  Sri Lanka United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2014 Won
6 101 50  Australia United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2014 Won
7 101*  Australia United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2014 Won
8 102* 51  New Zealand United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2014 Won
9 102* 60  England United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dubai Cricket Stadium 2015 Won
10 114 62  England England London, England Lord's Cricket Ground 2016 Won

International Half-centuries[edit]

T20 International fifties[38][edit]

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

International Awards[edit]

Test Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

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 2014 1st Innings: 101(211 balls) (10x4) (1x6)
2nd Innings:101*(57 balls) (11x4) (5x6)
 Pakistan won by 356 runs.[41]

Player of the series awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan in England 2016 282 runs with 1 hundred and 2 fifties. Avg: 99.28 (4 Matches) Series drawn 2-2.[42]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the series awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan in West Indies 2013 260 runs with avg. of 65.00 (5 Matches)  Pakistan Won the series 3-1.[43]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 New Zealand McLean Park, Napier 1 February 2011 93* (91 balls, 7×4, 1×6)  Pakistan won by 2 wickets.[44]
2 West Indies Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 28 April 2011 62* (109 balls, 4x4, 1x6); DNB;  Pakistan won by 3 wickets.[45]
3 South Africa Kingsmead, Durban 21 March 2013 80 (93 balls, 7x4, 2x6); DNB;  Pakistan won by 3 wickets.[46]
4 West Indies Beausejour, Gros Islet 19 July 2013 75 (112 balls, 3x4, 2x6); DNB; Tied.[47]
5 West Indies Beausejour, Gros Islet 24 July 2013 63 (93 balls, 5x4, 1x6); DNB;  Pakistan won by 4 wickets.[48]
6 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare 31 August 2013 67 (85 balls, 6x4); DNB;  Pakistan won by 108 runs.[49]

Twenty20 International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match Awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 2007 ICC World Twenty20 18th match (AUS vs PAK) in South Africa 2007 66* (42 balls: 7x4, 1x6)  Pakistan won by 6 wickets.[50]
2 Pakistan vs Bangladesh in Pakistan 2007/08 87* (53 balls: 3x4, 5x6)  Pakistan won by 102 runs.[51]


Despite performing well, Misbah has gone through severe criticism from senior players and journalists.[52] This list of criticizers includes Shoaib Akhtar, Ramiz Raja, Waqar Younis, Inzaman Ul Haq and Mohammad Yousuf. Few of the criticizers have become admirers now, that include Ramiz Raja and Waqar Younis.[52] Unusually Misbah has also faced criticism from the Taliban, who called him a "pathetic player".[53]


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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