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Bangladesh Cricket Captain Shakib Al Hasan Announces Retirement Plans

Bangladesh cricket captain Shakib Al Hasan revealed plans to retire from all formats after the 2025 Champions Trophy. He also announced he won’t captain the ODI side after the 2023 World Cup.

In a surprising announcement, Bangladesh’s cricket skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, declared his intentions to retire from all formats of the game after the 2025 Champions Trophy. Shakib’s decision also includes stepping down from captaincy duties after the conclusion of the 2023 ODI World Cup.

Speaking to sports channel T-sports on Wednesday, Shakib shared his retirement plans with the cricketing world. “As far as my international career is concerned, I envision it extending until the 2025 Champions Trophy in the ODI format. The T20 format will be up until the 2024 World Cup. As for Test cricket, the decision may come sooner, possibly after the World Cup,” he revealed.

Shakib’s announcement came as a shock to many cricket enthusiasts, who have long admired his exceptional skills and leadership on the field. The veteran all-rounder has been a crucial part of the Bangladeshi cricket team for over a decade and is considered one of the finest players in the country’s history.

The decision to retire from all formats at once demonstrates Shakib’s desire to conclude his international career on his terms. “Maybe I will retire from all three formats simultaneously, but no one can predict the future. At this moment, this is my intention,” he emphasized.

Shakib Al Hasan also shed light on his decision to step down from the captaincy role. He clarified, “As far as reality goes, I will continue to lead the team through this World Cup, but I won’t take on the role of captain in ODIs after that. Let me make one thing clear – I resigned as captain on September 17th, and at that time, I had no knowledge of this situation coming up.”

Shakib expressed his willingness to serve the team and his respect for the team management’s request to continue as captain during this critical period. “Papon (Nazmul) bhai and the team management conveyed that they needed me as captain, not for my sake, but for the team’s benefit, and I accepted their request,” he added.

Shakib Al Hasan’s retirement announcement marks a significant moment in Bangladesh cricket, as the team will soon bid farewell to one of its most iconic and influential figures. Cricket fans around the world will eagerly watch his performance in the upcoming World Cup and the journey leading up to the 2025 Champions Trophy, celebrating the remarkable career of this cricketing legend.

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