Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza has decided to call it quits after the T20I tri-series involving Afghanistan and Bangladesh . It was a difficult decision for the veteran batsman but he has decided to hang his boots after the Zimbabwe Cricket suspension. Furthermore, Masakadza will also miss the opportunity to play in the T20 Qualifiers.
The right-hander believes it is the right time to give opportunities to the young players but he still has hopes of staying close to the game. The talismanic batsman stated that his debut century against West Indies and the away series win against Bangladesh are some of the main highlights of his career.
Hamilton Masakadza featured in 38 Test matches for Zimbabwe in which he scored 2222 runs at an average of 30.03. He scored four centuries and eight fifties with the highest score of 158 runs in the multi-day format of the game.
On the other hand, the right-hander represented Zimbabwe in 209 One Day Internationals. He amassed 5658 runs at an average of 27.74. Masakadza scored five centuries and 30 fifties in the 50-overs version of the game with his best score being 178.
In the 61 T20Is, he gathered 1467 runs at an average of 24.86 with the help of nine half-centuries and the best performance of 93 runs.
Masakadza made his Test debut against the West Indies. He was able to hit the ground running as he scored a fine knock of 119 runs. The right-hander made his maiden appearance for Zimbabwe in ODI format against South Africa in 2001. Masakadza didn't have a memorable ODI debut as he could only manage 11 runs. Moreover, Zimbabwe lost that match by 153 runs.
The tri-series between Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Zimbabwe is scheduled to take place from 13 September to 24 September. This would be Zimbabwe's first assignment after their suspension.