Bangladesh news April 4, 2017

Mashrafe to retire from T20Is after Sri Lanka series

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Mashrafe Mortaza has announced his retirement from T20 internationals during the toss of the first T20I between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Colombo. Mashrafe said that the current series would be his last in the format.

"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."

Mashrafe's official Facebook page soon carried a statement that said: "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. 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."

Mashrafe has led Bangladesh in the most number of T20Is, winning nine of those 26 matches. He played 52 games before Tuesday's match, having taken 39 wickets at 37.56. He had taken one four-wicket haul in the format, against Ireland in Belfast in 2012. He was also a handy bat down the order, having struck 23 sixes in 37 innings.

ESPNcricinfo has learned that Mashrafe had informed the team's senior players first, and then the rest of the team. There were talks recently around the team and BCB management about infusing fresh blood in the T20 line-up and making the team lead with Shakib Al Hasan, after Bangladesh lost 0-3 to New Zealand in a T20 series in January. Bangladesh's 259-run defeat in the Galle Test last month also prompted a lot of speculation about major team changes across different formats.

Mashrafe will continue as the ODI captain and his next assignment is a tri-series in Ireland, involving New Zealand as the third team. From there, Bangladesh will head to England to play the Champions Trophy in June.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • khorsh7401715 on April 6, 2017, 19:41 GMT

    He deserve respect for his courage. A fast bowler who has seven surgery on his knee and still playing for the nation, isn't it astonishing?

  • Rownok on April 5, 2017, 20:01 GMT

    People here need to understand that we are fan of mashrafee the person, more then mashrafee the cricketer. We don't judge him by the numbers he piled up in his career, we judge him by the courage and character !!!!! After having seven surgery many people would even fear to breathe let alone playing the game. He is not just a cricketer, he is the fire that leads the way in dark. My request to everyone, before commenting , please try to know something about him, you'll just fell in love with him, even the rudest one out there!!!!

  • shohag on April 5, 2017, 18:07 GMT

    Mashrafee surely we all gonna miss you so much in t20 format...you are a true hero of bangladesh cricket

  • Aashutosh on April 5, 2017, 13:19 GMT

    t20 Retirement........ hahaha itself a joke.....

  • Simple_Truth on April 5, 2017, 10:15 GMT

    @COLOMBO_INTERNATIONAL-the comment by Dean Jones appears to have been misunderstood due to cultural/linguistic differences which can give rise to misinterpretation. The comment is actually positive - Dean here implies Mashrafe is a resilient fellow given the amount of setbacks he has had due to injury, if he was weaker in character he would have retired long ago…

  • Nimrod on April 5, 2017, 10:02 GMT

    True hero who will be greatly missed in this format. Mashrafe is a unique captain who respect opponents like the BD vs England series where they was some light heated arguments within both teams but still he did the same old post which is holding his cap and saluting the opposition while shaking hands with opponents. Would be the ideal person to coach BD in the future

  • Shehan on April 5, 2017, 9:13 GMT

    I was really disappointed with the comments made by Dean Jones during the Sri Lankan innings yesterday. It was Mashrafe's last T20 international but Dean Jones had no respect what so ever to this player when he said that 'Mashrafe has done seven surgeries to his leg and if he was a horse they are going to shoot him.' I am pretty sure if Mashrafe was an Australian fast bowler, Jones wouldn't have speak like that in his final game.

  • Syed on April 5, 2017, 7:32 GMT

    Mushraf can be surely rated as a legend of BD cricket not only for his performance but also for leaving a healthy legacy. He started when BD was not sure of winning a single game against any of the top 8 teams. Now when he is leaving BD at least on their home ground can beat any of the top 8 teams inside BD. Mushrafis own performance is also good even at this stge.

    Sincerely hope Misbah ul Haq takes some lesson from Mushrafee when it comes to leaving of legacy. Fawwad Alam with best ever FC average in History of Pakistan and century on test debut is some how not being noticed by Misbah. More over Misbah will leave when he is at bottom of his own game though he was a great captain just like Mushrafi. Best of luck to Mushrafee

  • tuanmu9329051 on April 5, 2017, 7:07 GMT

    wow what a legend he is , LOL

  • Buddhika on April 5, 2017, 7:02 GMT

    i think it's too early to his retirement.he has at least 2 years of international T20 cricket.he is very good bowler, big hitting batsmen,good fielder and caption who leading the team from front. it's Hugh lost to BD side.think again mate. from SL fan

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