On Sunday, Mushfiqur Rahim, the top wicketkeeper-batsman for Bangladesh, announced his retirement from 20-over international play. Rahim announced it on his own Twitter account, adamantly stating that he would now be concentrating on ODIs and Test matches. Rahim made his choice a little over a month before the T20 World Cup in Australia was supposed to begin.

I’d want to say that I’m quitting T20 Internationals to concentrate on the Test and ODI versions of the game. When the chance arises, I’ll be available to participate in franchise leagues. I’m excited to proudly represent my country in the two formats—MR15,” Rahim added.

The announcement from the former Bangladesh captain came two days after Bangladesh was knocked out of the 2022 Asia Cup after defeats to Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in Group B.

The 35-year-old outstanding wicketkeeper played 102 T20 Internationals for Bangladesh, recording 1500 runs and six half-centuries. In addition, he led the team for its T20 World Cup campaigns in 2012 and 2014.

In the team’s Asia Cup campaign, Mushfiqur had scores of 1 and 4. He also lost a crucial catch in the team’s crucial match against Sri Lanka earlier this week. Mushfiqur has recently been struggling in the game’s shortest format. He struck an undefeated 57 against Sri Lanka in Sharjah during the T20 World Cup last year, which was his last T20I fifty.

Mushfiqur is the second prominent Bangladeshi player to declare his retirement from Twenty20 internationals; opener Tamim Iqbal made a similar announcement in June after taking a six-month vacation from the competition earlier in the year.