Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday, November 24 confirmed that all-rounder Mahmudullah has decided to retire from Test cricket, and ended his 12-year career in the longest format of the game.
Mahmudullah, who leads the Bangladesh T20I team, has captained the national side in six Test matches. The Bangladesh all-rounder, who made his come back to Test cricket earlier this year in Zimbabwe brought up his fifth hundred in the longer format as he scored an unbeaten 150, and guided his side to a 220-run win against the African nation.
Mahmudullah announced his retirement through a statement and reckoned that it is the right time to end his Test career. He further added that he will continue playing ODIs and T20Is for Bangladesh.
“Leaving a format of which I have been a part of for such a long time is not easy. I had always thought of going on a high and I believe this is the right time to end my Test career,” said Mahmudullah in the BCB media release on Wednesday.
“I want to extend my gratitude to the BCB President for supporting me when I returned to the Test team. I thank my teammates and the support staff for always encouraging me and believing in my ability. It has been an absolute honour and privilege to play Test cricket for Bangladesh and I will cherish the many memories. Although I am retiring from Tests, I will still be playing ODIs and T20 internationals and really looking forward to continuing giving my best for my country in white-ball cricket,” said Mahmudullah who is the current Bangladesh T20I captain.
Mahmudullah influenced his Test debut on 9 July 2009 against the West Indies. He performed inadequately with the bat, however, got the best test playing figures in a match by a Bangladeshi on debut, with an eight-wicket pull, including a five-wicket pull in the second innings. Mahmudullah was called up for Bangladesh’s ODI squad for the 3 matches against Sri Lanka in Bangladesh’s voyage through the nation in July 2007. He made his presentation on the visit, in the third ODI, where he was Bangladesh’s second most elevated scorer with 36 runs and furthermore took 2 wickets, in a match Sri Lanka won by 39 runs.
Mahmudullah, who made his Test debut in the West Indies in 2009, winds up his career having scored almost 3000 runs at an average of 33.49, including five centuries. He also has a five-wicket haul in Test cricket, finishing with 43 wickets.
LAST 10 TEST INNINGS
- Only Test Vs Zimbabwe: 150 (278)
- 1st Test Vs Pakistan: 25 (48) , 0 (1)
- 2nd Test Vs India: 6 (21) , 39 (41)
- 1st Test Vs India: 10 (30) , 15 (35)
- Only Test Vs Afghanistan: 7 (13) , 7 (21)
- 2nd Test Vs New Zealand: 13 (35) , 67 (69)
- 1st Test Vs New Zealand: 146 (229) , 22 (43)
- 2nd Test Vs Windies: 136 (242)
- 1st Test Vs Windies: 3 (7) , 31 (46)
- 2nd Test Vs Zimbabwe: 36 (110) , 101 (122)
Meanwhile, Mahmudullah made him unavailable from the upcoming Bangladesh Cricket League, the country’s lone franchise-based first-class zonal competition scheduled to be played from December 10.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board is scheduled to host the draft of the Bangladesh Cricket League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today, said BCB in a statement on Wednesday.
Mahmudullah’s name was included in the players draft subject to availability but later he had withdrawn from the tournament despite being available as he will not be part of the Test squad that will travel to New Zealand to play the two-match Test series when the tournament will be played by four teams.