Mashrafe Mortaza has announced his retirement from T20 internationals before the 1st t20 match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He will play the series against Sri Lanka but this series will be his last international t2o feature.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said,”This is going to be my last T20 series for Bangladesh. I would like to thank Bangladesh Cricket Board, my family, and friends, team-mates and coaching staff. I would also like to thank my fans who really supported me in the last 15-16 years.It has been a great honour for me to represent Bangladesh in T20I for more than 10 years. I believe that this team is currently a balanced one & there are some promising young stars.”
“This is high time for me to say good-bye to T20 format so that many youngsters can get the opportunity to showcase their talent and thus BCB can nurture them for the future. Let me congratulate the new Captain in advance & I am sure the best is yet to come,” Mashrafe was quoted as saying by Bangladesh news website bdnews24.com.
Mortaza has been the superb captain for the Bangladesh side as he led them in the t20 world cup last year. His performance is very good as a captain. The main thing that made him unique of all the captains that have led Bangladesh side is the fact that he always believed in leading the side by example. He has always stood up whenever his team has needed him to do so.
Mortaza has played 52 T20Is in his career and has taken 39 wickets at an economy rate of 8.05. His best figures of 4/19 were against Ireland in Belfast in 2012. He has also scored 368 T20I runs.
He hs not only performed with the ball but when his team has needed he has stepped up with the bat and has played some crucial inning for his side. In his first t20 international match, which was also the first match of the Bangladesh side has played a brilliant knock of 36 off just 26 balls as Bangladesh defeated Prosper Utseya’s men Zimbabwe by 43 runs.
Mortaza has captained Bangladesh side in 26 T20Is and has won nine of them. That might not sound very impressing but considering the quality of players and leading the young side against the toughest side in the world is a difficult job. He has done brilliantly in all the formats of the game. He did say goodbye to the shortest format of the game but will continue to lead Bangladesh in ODIs.