Bangladesh Wicket Keeper Batter Mushfiqur Rahim Retires From T20 International Cricket
Mushfiqur Rahim, a wicketkeeper-batsman from Bangladesh, has declared his retirement from international T20 cricket. He made this choice a day after returning home from the Asia Cup, which had left him exhausted.
On Sunday, September 4th, Mushfiqur posted a status on Facebook and Twitter announcing his departure from this cricket format. Even if he withdraws from the international T20, he will participate in the domestic T20 event and the franchise tournament.
Upon announcing his retirement, Mushfiqur thanked everyone who supported him during his T20 career, in both good and bad times. Mushfiq stated, “I have all of you at my side during my lengthy cricket career. I am motivated by your constant support in both good and terrible times. Today I am retiring from international Twenty20 cricket.”
Mushfiq said, “However, I shall continue to play Tests and One-Day Internationals for Bangladesh. I aspire to contribute more to the nation in these two formats. I shall continue to compete in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and other T20 franchise tournaments.
Mushfiqur’s recent T20 performances have been impressive. Far from achieving the team’s expectations, he was incapable of even the bare minimum. Under the guise of rest, he was removed from the Zimbabwe series by the selectors.
However, Shakib Al Hasan reinstated Mushfiqur as captain of the Asia Cup team. However, Mushfiq was unable to return the captain’s faith. He did not score a run in any of the group stage contests. The experienced wicketkeeper-batsman was also criticized for dropping a critical catch during the Sri Lanka encounter.
Following this performance in the Asia Cup, his prospects of getting selected for the tri-nation series in New Zealand and the T20 World Cup in Australia diminished. However, he did not wait till then before saying farewell to international T20.
Mushfiqur made his T20 debut on November 28, 2006, against Zimbabwe at the Sheikh Abu Nasser Stadium in Khulna. He has played 102 T20 matches over his roughly 16-year career. During this period, his bat produced 1500 runs. There are six half-centuries, the highest of which is 72*. Mushfiqur is a wicketkeeper with 42 catches and 30 stumpings in this format.
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