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Mushfiqur Rahim retires from T20Is

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Mushfiqur Rahim retires from T20Is

Former Bangladesh skipper and senior wicket keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim announced his retirement from T20Is on Sunday, in order to pay attention towards Tests and ODIs. The experienced campaigner is however available to play T20 franchise leagues. 

"Today, I am announcing my retirement from T20 Internationals. I will proudly continue to represent Bangladesh in Test and ODI formats. I am hopeful that I can bring success for our nation in these two formats. I will continue to take part in Bangladesh T20 League and other franchise tournaments," Mushfiqur wrote on his official Facebook page.

Following Bangladesh's elimination from the current Asia T20, when they lost both of their group stage matches to Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, Mushfiqur made his decision. The seasoned cricketer failed to contribute with the bat  scoring 4 and 1, then fluffed a chance of SL’s Kusal Mendis, which ultimately proved costly.

Mushfiqur experienced a protracted dry spell in T20Is, scoring just two half-centuries since November 2019. In the T20 World Series last year, he managed just 144 runs in eight innings at a strike rate of 113.38.

The team management had made it known after the competition that they were considering dropping him from the lineup because he had been rested for the home series against Pakistan. Rahim had criticised the board at the time for giving him a vacation. Mushfiqur was, incidentally, also benched for the T20Is against Zimbabwe.

Rahim played 102 matches for his nation, amassing 1500 runs at an average of 19.23 and accumulated six fifties. He made his T20I debut in 2006 against Zimbabwe. He also made 30 stumpings and took 42 catches behind the wicket. 

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