Bangladesh’s limited-overs captain Mashrafe Mortaza announced his retirement from the shortest format of the game. Mortaza announced his decision as he went out to toss for the first T20I with Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga. The ongoing T20I series will be his last, which means the second T20I with Sri Lanka on Thursday will be his final match in the format. Mortaza has represented Bangladesh in 52 T20Is, picking up 39 wickets. He has also scored 368 runs, with a career best score of 36. He has led the side in 26 T20Is, winning nine of them. He has also led the team to the final of Asia Cup 2016. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I at Colombo
Mortaza took his Facebook account to write an emotional message for his fans, “It has been a great honour 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 Board & 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!”
Here is what Mortaza posted:
Mortaza thanked his fans, family and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for their support over the year after the announcement.