Mushfiqur Rahim retires from T20Is to focus on ODI and Tests
Bangladesh veteran Mushfiqur Rahim took to social media to announce his retirement from T20I cricket on Sunday.
Mushfiqur Rahim gave an explanation of his decision to retire from the shortest format in the post, saying that he wants to concentrate on Tests and ODIs going forward. Mushfiqur Rahim, who has represented Bangladesh in every T20 World Cup since the tournament’s debut, won’t be able to play in the major match in Australia the following month.
Moreover, he stated that he would be available to play cricket in the franchise league.
“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,” said Mushfiqur Rahim in his post.
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 choice was made after Bangladesh exited the 2022 Asia Cup without a victory to their name.
This is a second setback for Bangladesh as the T20 World Cup approaches. Star opener Tamim Iqbal also retired from T20 Internationals in June of this year in order to focus on the lengthier forms.
Mushfiqur leaves the format after playing in 102 games and scoring 1500 runs. Including six fifty-pluses and a maximum score of 72*. The Bangladesh mainstay has appeared out of sorts in the years following his stellar 2018 in the shortest format. In which he scored 397 runs at an average of 30.53 while striking at 132.33. Most recently, at the Asia Cup, he returned scores of 1 and 4, as well as missing a key catch in Bangladesh’s match against Sri Lanka, which they had to win.
The absence of experienced Rahim leaves a huge void in the Bangladesh middle-order going into a T20 World Cup in Australia. Shakib Al Hasan, who was only recently appointed the T20I captain, will have a task on his hand to find the player that fills the shoes of the veteran on such short notice.