Bangladesh’s renowned all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan, has revealed his plans to retire from international cricket, outlining a gradual departure from each format. He intends to conclude his illustrious career after the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan. Shakib also mentioned his intention to retire from Test cricket following the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in India, which is set to commence next month. Additionally, he is likely to bid farewell to T20Is after the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled for the following year in the West Indies and the United States of America.
In a conversation with T-Sports, as reported by ESPNCricinfo, Shakib articulated, “The target is the 2025 Champions Trophy for ODIs and the 2024 T20 World Cup for T20Is. Tests might conclude sooner, possibly after the World Cup. I plan to retire from all formats simultaneously, but I will phase out my participation in each format one by one. The official retirement announcement will come after the 2025 Champions Trophy.”
During the World Cup, Shakib will lead the Bangladesh team, a role he also undertook during the Asia Cup earlier this month in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This marked his second tenure as the team’s captain. Under his leadership, the Tigers advanced to the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup but fell short of reaching the final.
In the interim, Shakib confirmed that the upcoming World Cup would be his last stint as the captain, and he would step down from captaincy entirely. He remarked, “Considering the current circumstances, my captaincy will only extend until the World Cup, not a day beyond that. I resigned from the captaincy on September 17th, citing the same reasons that led me to decline the captaincy before the Asia Cup. At this stage of my career, I believe my captaincy isn’t contributing significantly. I want to focus on delivering my best in bowling, fielding, and batting without the added burden of captaincy. It would have been easier for me to decline the captaincy altogether. At my age, I wanted to avoid that pressure and simply enjoy my game, perform for Bangladesh,” he added.
Bangladesh is scheduled to face Afghanistan in their opening match of the World Cup on October 7 in Dharamsala.