Bangladesh limited-overs captain Mashrafe Mortaza will bid farewell to the T20 format following the two-match series against Sri Lanka. On Tuesday, during a chat with the official broadcaster, Ten Sports, the 33-year olf medium pacer revealed this.
“This is going to be my last T20 series for Bangladesh,” Mashrafe told Dean Jones, who asked the Bangladesh captain if the rumours were true. “I would like to thank BCB, 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.”
Earlier, on his official Facebook page Mashrafe wrote, “It has been a great honor 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. I am very much grateful to Bangladesh Cricket : The Tigers & high officials for keeping the trust on me to lead this fantastic team. I am also immensely grateful to my loving fans, family, and friends to support me all the time. There were some bad & some good days as well. I always tried to make my fans happy. I am very sorry to each and every fan for not being able to make them happy in every match. Right now as a team we are playing good cricket. I am sure Bangladesh will keep on playing good cricket in the days to come.
“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.
“See you soon, Love!”
Mashrafe has led Bangladesh in 26 matches — the most by any other captain from his country. Before Tuesday’s encounter at the Premadasa, Mashrafe played 52 games and took 39 wickets at 37.56. Along with bowling, he was also a handy batsman down the order, having struck 23 sixes in 37 innings.
Cricwizz has learnt, Shakib al Hasan is the frontrunner take up the charge of the Bangladesh T20I side after the retirement of Mortaza.