The effect of this defeat fell on Bangladesh. It caused former captain and wicket keeper Mushfiqur Rahim to retire from international cricket. He announced his decision shortly after. He announced his retirement from T20 Internationals. He revealed that this decision was taken to fully focus on ODI and Test format. To this extent, he posted this information on his official micro blogging platform, Twitter.
Mushfiqur Rahim’s runs in the Asia Cup.. five. In the first match of this tournament, Bangladesh lost badly against Afghanistan and then against Sri Lanka. Afghanistan were bowled out for 127 runs. Mushfiqur scored only one run in this match. Rashid Khan was bowled back lbw. Later, Rahim could not perform well in the match against Sri Lanka. Karunaratne was bowled for four runs. It was a do or die match.
The failed impact in both these prompted Rahim to reconsider his continuation in T20s. He said that he will continue in ODI and Test cricket and he has taken this decision to fully focus on these two formats. He clarified that he will be available for league matches as well. So far he has played 102 T20 matches for Bangladesh national team. He scored 1500 runs. Batting average 19.23.
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