Thursday 28 February 2008 

Mohammad Rafique To Quit After South Africa Series

Bangladesh left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique has announced he is to retire from international cricket after the three-match One Day International series against South Africa.

Rafique, Bangladesh's most successful spinner, had already announced his intention to retire from Test cricket after this series, which Bangladesh trail 1-0.

"I have decided to quit the cricket as mark of protest against a group people in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), who do not like to see me in squads," Rafique told a news conference on Thursday.

"These officials who did not allow me to play Test cricket for nearly three years, are now back in the board. So I have decided to quit," he added.

There was no immediate comment from BCB officials.

Rafique was a member of the team which played in Bangladesh's first Test in 2000, but soon found himself out of favour, and under suspicion of an illegal action until 2002, when he was recalled.

The first Bangladeshi to complete the double of 1000 runs and 100 ODI wickets, Rafique needs two more Test wickets to reach 100.


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