Misbah-ul-Haq Khan was born 28 May 1974, is a former Pakistani cricketer. He was born in Mianwali, Punjab in a non-Pashto speaking Pashtun Niazi family and speaks Punjabi as his first language. His father Abdul Qudoos Niazi was a school principal. He passed away in when Misbah was a child and is the only child. Misbah completed his BSc in Faisalabad. He then enrolled in the University of Management and Technology to pursue a MBA degree. Misbah is married to Uzma Khan in 2004. The couple has two children; Faheem-ul-Haq and Noriza Khan.
He captained the Pakistani team in all three formats of the game. He is Pakistan’s most successful Test captain with 26 wins. Very rarely will you find a batsman who can adapt to all forms of cricket, on all kinds of surfaces, against any type of attack thrown at him with consummate ease. Misbah-ul-Haq came into prominence in the 2007 World Twenty20 when he nearly led Pakistan to an improbable victory over arch rivals India in the tournament’s final. If it wasn’t for the mistimed scoop shot, the World Cup could have well been Pakistan’s.
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 Twenty20 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 first in ICC T20I rankings. No other Pakistani player could achieve this feat till now. He was the 1st Pakistani player to score 50 in T20I.
In 2013, Misbah was brilliant in terms of his batting. He 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. In the first test at Abu Dhabi against South Africa, Pakistan amassed 442 runs, where Misbah scored his fourth test century, which was the second in the innings after Khurram Manzoor’s 146. In the second test at Dubai, Pakistan were all out for 99 in the first innings.
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.
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. 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
He played his last international match on 10 May 2017 against West Indies in Roseau. He scored his 39th Test fifty in the first innings, but dismissed for just 2 runs in the second innings. However, in his last match as captain, Pakistan won the match by 101 runs and sealed the series 2–1. The win highlighted as the first ever series win against West Indies in the West Indies as well. The retirement of Misbah and Younis at the match has given them a perfect farewell.