Family illness sends Pakistan captain Misbah home

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Christchurch: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has pulled out of the New Zealand tour to return home because his father-in-law is critically ill, a team spokesman said today.

Misbah received the news early today and headed to the airport with his wife and daughter as soon as the match ended.

Azhar Ali will take over as captain and no immediate decision was made about flying out a replacement before the second Test starts in Hamilton on Friday.

New Zealand won the first Test by eight wickets midway through the fourth day.

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