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In the times when ageing players tend to leave their national teams for the sake of lucrative leagues galore, Pakistan’s Test and ODI captain Misbah-ul-Haq, 38, has said he turned down an offer by English county side Worcestershire because of “the commitments with the national team.”

[caption id="attachment_537" align="alignright" width="300"]English country team Worcestershire offered Misbah a two-year contract (Photo: Getty Images) English country team Worcestershire offered Misbah a two-year contract (Photo: Getty Images)[/caption]

After being relegated to Division Two of the County Championship last year, Worcestershire had been looking for an experienced player who helped them regain place in the Division One. Misbah said Worcestershire were offering him a two-year contract with a possible extension of one more year.

He said that despite the benefits the county side was offering, he rejected the offer because it was clashing with his international commitments.

Misbah said he knew that playing county cricket is a nice experience for any player, but he thought his role was pivotal for the national side and he was associated with the team.

Worcs contacted Misbah after it became clear that Australian Phil Hughes, who played at New Road in 2012, would not be available in 2013 season.

Now that Misbah turned down the offer, Worcestershire signed a contract with Sri Lanka’s Thilan Samaraweera for this year’s season.

It may be mentioned that Misbah has not ever represented any county team.
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