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Bangladesh captain retires from Twenty20 cricket

05 April 2017

Bangladesh's limited-overs captain Mashrafe Mortaza announced his retirement from the Twenty20 Internationals on Tuesday ahead of his country's first T20I match against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka included Kusal Perera, who missed the one-day worldwide series due to injury in the team.

His plans were dealt a blow by Lasith Malinga in the second ball of the game as he made his return from injury with an unplayable delivery that uprooted Tamim's middle stump.

Bangladesh ended their innings at 155 for 6, thanks to contributions from Mosaddek Hossain and Mahmudulah, who added 57 for the sixth wicket. Mashrafe finished with 2 for 32 but other Bangladeshi bowlers struggled as Sri Lanka took a 1-0 lead in the series.

The Tigers are now on tour to Sri Lanka, where they have already played two Tests ( series drawn 1-1), three ODIs ( series drawn 1-1) and play the first match of 2 T20Is today.

The strapping 33-year-old pacer, who plays wearing braces to protect his creaking knee, made the announcement during the post-toss interview at the first T20 encounter at the R. Premadasa Stadium here, reports bdnews24.com.

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While Bangladesh star fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman is expected to play in the T20 series, he now expects that he will not return to India to rejoin his team, Sunrisers Hyderabad, for the 10th Indian Premier League competition which opens on Friday.

The two teams meet again in the second and final T20I in Colombo on Thursday.

Mortaza's official Facebook page then carried a statement from the player.

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. "It has been a great honor for me to represent Bangladesh in T20I for more than 10 years", he said in the statement, "I believe that this team is now a balanced one & there are some promising young stars".

Mashrafe has privately said that he never enjoyed the T20 format of the game.

Bangladesh captain retires from Twenty20 cricket