Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim (Image Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: September 4th, 2022 at 12:33 pm

Mushfiqur Rahim, a wicketkeeper-batsman for Bangladesh, announced in a tweet on Sunday that he was retiring Twenty20 internationals to “focus on the Test and ODI formats of the game.”

However, Mushfiqur declared that he would be available “to play franchise leagues when the opportunity comes up.”

Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim. Image Credits: Twitter

During the Asia Cup 2022, the 35-year-old received harsh criticism for his underwhelming performance with the bat and the ineffectiveness behind the stumps. He was guilty of putting down Kusal Mendis’s first up in the second match against Sri Lanka. He scored five runs in two games.

Additionally, he did not make an effort to persuade Bangladesh’s captain Shakib Al Hasan of a nick Mendis had made later in the contest, which Bangladesh lost by two wickets and exited the tournament.

Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim
Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. Credits: Twitter

In his 17-year career, Mushfiqur scored 1500 runs in 102 matches at an average of 19.48 and strike rate of 115.03. He has six 50s to his name in the format.

I will be available to play franchise leagues when the opportunity arrives: Mushfiqur Rahim

Mushfiqur Rahim stated in the tweet that he would continue to represent Bangladesh in Tests and ODIs. As stated in the tweet, he will also participate in domestic and franchise T20 matches.

“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 Tweeted.

After Tamim Iqbal retires from the shortest format in July, Mushfiqur is the second player from Bangladesh to call it quits in that format.

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