LAHORE, Pakistan, (CMC) – Retiring Pakistan Test captan Misbah-ul-Haq says the historic 2-1 Test series victory in the Caribbean last Sunday will remain one of the highlights of his career.The 42-year-old, playing in his last international match before quitting the sport, led Pakistan to a dramatic 101-run victory over West Indies in the decisive third Test at Windsor Park.For Pakistan, it marked the first time they had beaten West Indies in a series in the Caribbean since the two teams began their rivalry in 1958.“It’s an honour for me, I’m grateful to the nation for all their prayers and support,” Misbah said on his return here Wednesday as a jubilant crowd gathered at the airport to welcome the team.“I am happy with my performance. Winning in the West Indies will be something I will always remember.“The credit for this accomplishment goes to the Pakistan Cricket Board, the players’ families, and the whole team.”Pakistan won the opening Test in Jamaica last month by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series but then collapsed on the final day of the second Test in Barbados earlier this month, to concede a 106-run defeat.In the third Test that burst to life only over the last two days, Pakistan left it until late as Man-of-the-Series leg-spinner Yasir Shah removed number 11 Shannon Gabriel with the final delivery of the penultimate over of the match, to break the hosts’ stubborn resistance.Misbah said the Test series win needed to be held up as the standard of achievement for future Pakistan sides.“We have accomplished a feat many teams across the world only dream of,” said Misbah, who surpassed 5 000 runs during the series en route to being his side’s leading scorer with 271 runs.“These sorts of victories will help bring fresh talent into the spotlight. It is crucial that we keep succeeding like this.”The tour was a successful one for Pakistan overall as they also beat West Indies in the preceding Twenty20 and one-day series.
Michael Ryan admits he was relieved when the final whistle went in Páirc uí Chaoimh yesterday.There’s a south-east derby in the other quarter-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh this afternoon.Wexford, who haven’t been to the semi-finals in a decade, face Waterford at 4pm. Tipperary notched up an impressive tally of 28 points in their All Ireland quarter final win over Clare yesterday.However Tipp manager Michael Ryan isn’t happy that they conceded 3 goals – two of them in the space of a couple of minutes in the opening half.28 points to 3-16 the final score which sees Tipp through to the All Ireland semi-finals.
1 Valencia are frantically working on a new contract for Spanish wonderkid Paco Alcacer with Arsenal and Chelsea reportedly stepping up their interest in the 21-year-old.Alcacer has shot to fame this season, making his debut for Spain last week and then scoring his first goal in their 5-1 victory over Macedonia on Monday.As a result, according to reports in Spain, Valencia are now putting together an improved contract offer for the striker in an attempt to ward off interest from several Premier League clubs.Arsenal and Chelsea have been touted as possible destinations, while Barcelona also enquired after Alcacer back in 2011 – after he was top-scorer at the under-17 European Championships.Valencia are said to be determined to hold onto Alcacer, who netted seven goals in 11 games during the La Liga side’s run to the Europa League semi-final last season.The Spaniard’s new deal is expected to reward him with a pay-rise, while it is also thought to contain a buy-out clause of around £25m. Paco Alcacer