Bangladesh limited overs captain Mashrafe Mortaza has announced his decision to retire from Twenty20 Internationals following the conclusion of the ongoing series against Sri Lanka.
The 33-year-old confirmed the decision during the toss of the first T20I in Colombo which Sri Lanka went on to win by six wickets while chasing a total of 156 runs.
"This is going to be my last T20 series for Bangladesh," said Mortaza.
"I would like to thank BCB, my family and friends, team-mates and coaching staff. I would also like to thank my fans who really supported me in the last 15-16 years."
Mortaza further added that the decision was intended in helping youngsters get more opportunities and wished the new captain good luck on his official Facebook page.
He has played in 53 matches in the shortest format and has snared 41 wickets while scoring 377 runs as well in which he struck 23 sixes.
Mortaza will continue to lead the side in the 50 over format but has been slated to miss the first game of the tri-series involving Ireland and New Zealand after he was handed a one-match ban for slow over rate.
After losing the first game of the series, Bangladesh find themselves in a must win situation when they on Sri Lanka in the second game in Colombo on Thursday.
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