Former Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim on Sunday announced his retirement from T20 International cricket.
Dhaka: Former Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim on Sunday announced his retirement from T20 International cricket. Rahim informed about his retirement from T20IS2 International cricket through his official social media handle and also told that he will continue to play ODI and Test cricket. Apart from this, Rahim has also described himself as available for the franchise T20 league. Mushfiqur Rahim’s retirement before the T20 World Cup 2022 can prove to be a cause of trouble for Bangladesh.
Rahim tweeted, ‘I announce my retirement from T20 Internationals and will focus on the Test and ODI format of the game. I will be available to play the franchise league whenever the opportunity comes. The focus is on representing our country with pride in two formats.
I would like to announce my retirement from T20 INTERNATIONALS and focus on Test and ODI formats of the game. I will be available to play franchise leagues when the opportunity arrives. Looking forward to proudly represent my nation in the two formats-MR15
— Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) September 4, 2022
The decision comes at a time when he has been going through poor form in T20Is, with 1 and 4 coming off his bat in two matches in the ongoing Asia Cup. He missed an important catch during the team’s do or die match against Sri Lanka. As of now, Bangladesh is also out of the tournament. Mushfiqur has become the second Bangladesh player to retire from the shortest format after the retirement of Tamim Iqbal in July.
Mushfiqur Rahim made his debut against Zimbabwe 16 years ago at the Sheikh Abu Nasser Stadium on November 28, 2006. He has played 102 T20 Internationals in his career, scoring 1500 runs at a strike rate of 114.94 and an average of 19.23. During this his highest score was 72, which included 6 half-centuries. As a wicketkeeper, he took 72 wickets, including 42 catches and 30 stumps.