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Misbah Ul Haq’s career has had its fair share of highs and lows. Dropped from the team after mediocre performances in 2002 and 2009, the script had been written for Misbah's career to end on a dismal and unfulfilled note. After that duck in the infamous 2009 Sydney Test match, Misbah was dropped from the team. He even contemplated hanging his boots forever in 2010. But then the most unexpected call came. The PCB, scrambling to save Pakistan from imminent collapse after the 2010 Summer spot-fixing fiasco asked Misbah Ul Haq to lead the way in Tests post spot-fixing scandal. It would turn out to be perhaps the most important decision in the history of Pakistan Cricket.

The rebirth of Misbah saw the rebirth of Pakistan. On the verge of collapsing, Misbah created a culture unheard of in Pakistan ruling history. Rather than ruling via fear, authoritarianism and arrogance, he kept a team united via calmness, humility, understanding, respect and wisdom. Hope finally had a fighting chance, and it was not in the shape of an extraordinary pace bowler, an aristocrat, a dashing all-rounder or a flamboyant batsman. It was rather in the form of a reserved, calculated and cautious man. That became Misbah and Pakistan’s theme for the next 5 years.

The highs reached the skies and the lows dipped down to the pits of hell. Yet Pakistan survived and it often flourished. They regained trust and respect in the international community which would not have been possible without him.

Misbah has been the antithesis to what a Pakistani legend is considered to be. Yet it is a tragedy that Pakistan never realized that to get out of the spot-fixing fiasco it needed the antithesis to heal the wounds of the past.

Allow my mini-documentary edit, with footage and visuals from more than a dozen sources to narrate to you the significance of Misbah Ul Haq in Pakistan Cricket History.

Ladies and gentleman, I present to you: The Silent Guardian of Pakistan Forever. I present to you, Misbah Ul Haq.


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