Misbah ul Haq Khan Niazi is a former Pakistani cricketer. He was a right handed batsman who played all the three formats of the game. Born on 28 May 1974 in Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan, Misbah was a great asset to the team for all the time that he played the game. He holds the world record for scoring the most number of runs in ODIs before scoring a hundred..
Misbah-ul-Haq greatly impressed cricket viewers with his performance in Tri-nation series held in Nairobi, Kenya in the year of 2002. Then Misbah made a comeback when Pakistan team was going through major changes after it failed to perform in 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. However he was again dropped from the team due to unsatisfactory performance.
It was the inaugural ICCT20 World Cup in 2007 that proved to be the turning point in Misbah’s cricket career. He occupied the place of middle order batsman, emptied by Inzamam-ul-Haq. He gave some exceptional performances during the world cup and caught attention of people world over.
In the year of 2011, Misbah played a pivotal role in leading the Pakistani team to the semi finals of cricket world cup under the captaincy of Shahid Afridi.On April 6, 2017, Misbah announced that he will bid adieu to international cricket after the three-match Test series against West Indies.
The farewell series for Misbah was historical for Pakistan as they sealed their first-ever Test series win in the Caribbean. The series saw a thrilling finish as the visitors were able to gift their beloved captain the ideal send off from international cricket. Despite the exit from national duties, Misbah continues to play First-class cricket and shall also be a part of the T20 Leagues like PSL and BPL where he shall also be captaining the respective teams.