“Today, I am announcing my retirement from T20 Internationals,” he wrote. “I will proudly continue to represent Bangladesh in Test and ODI formats. I am hopeful that I can bring success for our nation in these two formats. I will continue to take part in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and other franchise tournaments.”
Mushfiqur’s scores of 4 and 1, and the dropped catch against Sri Lanka, brought back the spotlight on his place in the team in the shortest format.
Given his poor form in T20Is, the BCB were reportedly prepared to drop Mushfiqur from Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup plans. The Bangladesh contingent will be leaving home later this month to play in a T20 tri-series against New Zealand and Pakistan in New Zealand, with the same team expected to be announced for the T20 World Cup in Australia next month.
He then played a single T20I against Afghanistan before skipping the West Indies tour for personal reasons. He was rested again for the T20Is against Zimbabwe in July, before being picked again for the Asia Cup. Mushfiqur’s wicketkeeping has also come under criticism in recent times.
However, he has been a consistent performer in both Tests and ODIs. During the same period of his T20I decline, Mushfiqur has averaged 54.81 in 15 Tests, scoring three centuries including a double-hundred since November 2019. He has always continued as an ODI mainstay, averaging 42.12 in 20 matches.