Mushfiqur Rahim retires from T20 internationals

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04 Sep 2022 | 06:54 AM staff

Mushfiqur Rahim retires from T20 internationals

The right-handed batter cited the need to focus on Test cricket and ODIs as the reason behind his decision

Bangladesh wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim has announced his decision to retire from the shortest format of the game with immediate effect in a bid to focus on Test cricket and ODIs. 

In a post shared on his official Twitter handle, Mushfiqur said, "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 in franchise leagues when the opportunity arrives. Looking forward to proudly represent my nation in the two formats."

The right-handed batter struggled for form in the ongoing edition of the Asia Cup and managed to score 1 and 4 in the two league matches. His lacklustre performance, combined with the string of low scores from the top order, resulted in Bangladesh bowing out of the group stage of the competition. 

The 35-year-old will be available to play in various T20 franchise leagues around the world. A veteran of 102 T20I matches, Mushfiqur has scored 1500 runs at an average of 19.48 and a strike rate of 115.03. 

He becomes the second Bangladesh player to announce this retirement this season after Tamin Iqbal announced his decision to quit this format after leading Bangladesh to a series win over West Indies away from home in July. 

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