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Misbah to captain Pakistan in tour of West Indies

The senior batsman has led Pakistan in 53 of his 72 Tests since late 2010.

PTI | Karachi |

Misbah-ul-Haq will lead Pakistan in next month's Test tour of West Indies, ending speculation about his immediate future as captain of the side.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that the 42-year-old Misbah will continue to lead Pakistan in the three-match Test series scheduled from April 22.

The Tests will be preceded by a limited-overs series of four Twenty20s and three one-dayers.

The PCB said in a statement that Misbah has conveyed his availability for the tour to Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan.

"Accordingly the Chairman has approved his appointment as captain of the Pakistan test team for the upcoming Test series in West Indies," the statement said.

"The Chairman has also approved the appointment of Sarfaraz Ahmad as vice-captain of the Pakistan Test side," it added.

Sarfaraz is already the captain of the ODI and T20 national sides after Azhar Ali stepped down as captain of the one-day team at the start of the Pakistan Super League in February.

The announcement brings to an end a debate which has been raging since February on whether Misbah would continue as captain or batsman for the tour of West Indies.

Misbah had earlier said he wanted to carry on playing as batsman and do well for his team but it was up to the board to appoint him as captain or not.

The senior batsman has led Pakistan in 53 of his 72 Tests since late 2010 and is Pakistan's most successful captain in the five-day format.