Mashrafe to retire from T20Is after World T20

Bangladesh Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza says he will sign out from Twenty20 Internationals after speaking with his teammates when the time is right.

Unconfirmed reports say that Mashrafe could retire from the shortest format after the forthcoming World T20 in India.

If that happens, the Asia Cup final against India on Sunday would be Mashrafe’s last T20I match on home turf.

But on Saturday, Mashrafe smiled and said: “Who says it’s my last match at home? Many people did? Well I didn’t.

“The final is a big match for us and Bangladesh cricket. The beginning or end of my career is not the issue here.”

Later in the evening, Mashrafe told bdnews24.com that searching for the answer to questions about his retirement was a bit premature.

“I can say this much, the decision will come in time. I am part of a team, so I need to discuss this with my teammates. I will take the decision after talking to everybody when it is time.

“We are now playing a crucial tournament while another big one is ahead of us. So it is not the right time to think about something else that could distract the team.”

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