Mashrafe to bid adieu to T20 internationals after Lanka series

Mehedi Hasan made his ODI debut earlier on the tour of Sri Lanka and now looks set to make his Twenty20 global bow after impressing in the fifty over format.

Inspirational limited-overs captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will retire from Twenty20 Internationals after the conclusion of the two-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, he announced ahead of the opening match against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

On the other hand, Bangladesh, under Mashrafe Mortaza, have a settled playing XI as not many drastic changes to the team that featured in the ODIs can be expected.

"I believe that this team is now a balanced one and there are some promising young stars". "Would like to thank the BCB, my family, friends and team mates who've been with me for 15-16 years". There were some bad & some good days as well.

Mashrafe has led Bangladesh in the most number of T20Is, winning nine of those 26 matches. I always tried to make my fans happy. "Let me congratulate the new Captain in advance & I am sure the best is yet to come", he added.

Beloved by fans, the 33-year-old played 52 Twenty20 internationals to claim 39 wickets and score 368 runs.

He is expected to continue to lead Bangladesh in one-day internationals.

Mortaza top-scored in Bangladesh's first ever T20 encounter way back in 2006. Subsequently, Bangladesh will head to England to play the Champions Trophy in June.

  • Julie Sanders