COLOMBO – Mashrafe Mortaza has announced his retirement from T20 internationals ahead of the first T20I match against Sri Lanka.
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Mortaza, who led Bangladesh in the 2016 ICC World T20, will play his last T20I series against Sri Lanka at R Premadasa stadium, Colombo on April 6, according to Bangladesh News.
“This (Sri Lanka) is going to be my last T20 series for Bangladesh. 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,” Mortaza said.
Mortaza has played 52 T20Is and has taken 39 wickets at an economy rate of 8.05, with his best figures of 4/19 coming against Ireland in Belfast in 2012.
In his very first T20 international, which was also Bangladesh’s first ever T20I (against Zimbabwe), Mortaza top-scored with 36 off just 26 balls as the Tigers defeated Prosper Utseya’s men by 43 runs. He also took the all-important wicket of Brendan Taylor to halt Zimbabwe’s chase.
Mortaza has captained Bangladesh in 26 T20Is and won nine.