Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza said that he could not hold back the tears when announcing to his players that Friday’s match against Afghanistan would be his last in internationals.
The 36-year-old was given a guard of honour by both sides as he came in to bat in Chittagong and then hit 71 off 42 balls to take Zimbabwe to an impressive seven-wicket victory – their first over Afghanistan – in the Twenty20 match.
Masakadza, who has played a key role in Zimbabwe’s faltering progress in international cricket since making his debut in 2001, acknowledged the emotions got the better of him before the game had even started.
“I started tearing a little bit in the morning trying to get through the team talk with the boys,” he said.
“I am not someone who wears his heart on his sleeve but I think this is the one thing that brought a few emotions out of me. Even when I tried to tell the guys and the team before I made the official announcement, I barely got through three sentences so it’s been a really emotional time for me,” he said.
About life after retirement, Masakadza said he’s not looking too far ahead. “Not really the first thing that comes to the mind. Obviously taking a little bit of rest and then the domestic season should be starting soon. So just concentrate on that for now and not set too much for the future,” he concluded.
Masakadza set a world record on his debut against the West Indies when he became the youngest Test century scorer at 17 years and 254 days. His record survived barely three months before being broken by Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful.
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