Bangladesh T20I skipper Mohammad Mahmudullah has announced to hang his gloves from test cricket.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Wednesday confirmed that their limited overs skipper had decided to retire from test cricket, bringing an end to his 12-year career in tests. The announcement came ahead of Bangladesh’s two match test series against Pakistan which is scheduled to begin from November 26.
Mahmudullah who made a comeback into test cricket earlier this year in Zimbabwe has informed his teammates that he will not be playing in the longest format of the game. He played his 50th and last test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club in July this year. He scored an unbeaten 150 runs in his final game. In all he has five test hundreds to his name. Bangladesh won the match comprehensively by 220 runs.
Mahmudullah has made it clear that he still wants to be a part of the limited overs game.
“Leaving a format of which I have been a part of for such a long time is not easy,” Mahmudullah said.
“I had always thought of going on a high and I believe this is the right time to end my Test career. 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 continue giving my best for my country in white-ball cricket.”
Mahmudullah led Bangladesh in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Bangladesh made an early exit from the World Cup after failing to qualify from Group A. He also led his team in the three match T20I series against Pakistan this month. Although he announced his retirement today, but he was not named in Bangladesh’s test squad which will face Pakistan.
Mahmudullah made his test debut way back in 2009 against West Indies. He has amassed 2914 runs at an average of 33.49, including five centuries. He has 43 wickets with the leather and also has a five-wicket haul to his name. He has also led Bangladesh in six test matches.