LAHORE: Retiring Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq wants his teammates to play fearless cricket in the upcoming ODI World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and said lifting the prestigious trophy would be a fitting farewell gift for him.
"My message to all my players is not to think about defeat and just go out and play fearless cricket in the World Cup," said Misbah, who has announced his decision to retire from ODIs after the World Cup.
"Obviously I would love to end my ODI career on a high and nothing could be greater than winning the World Cup. But right now my ambition is to do well in the tournament and also inspire and motivate other players with my performances," he said.
The veteran batsman also made it clear he had announced his decision to retire from ODI under no duress.
"There is no pressure on me nor was I bothered by the criticism I have faced. I took the decision to retire from ODIs with a very open and positive mind," he told a news conference here today. "I will go out without any regrets."
Misbah said Pakistan's World Cup-bound team has some exciting talents and there was ample time for them to go and adjust to the conditions in Australia and New Zealand.
The Pakistan captain also made it clear that the secret to his success as captain was his team.