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A file photo of Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad. — AFP
A file photo of Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad. — AFP

Mahmudullah, 35, Retires From Test Cricket

Mahmudullah, a veteran Bangladesh all-rounder, has announced his retirement from Tests after a 12-year career. The 35-year-old, who made his Test debut in 2009, featured in 50 Test matches, scoring 2914 runs at 33.49, including five centuries and 16 fifties, and took 43 wickets. He also captained Bangladesh for six Tests.

Mahmudullah has made it clear that he wants to continue featuring in ODIs and T20Is. © Getty
Mahmudullah has made it clear that he wants to continue featuring in ODIs and T20Is. © Getty Images.

Mahmudullah Scored His Career’s Best Unbeaten 150 In His Final 50th Test

He played his 50th Test against Zimbabwe earlier this year in July at the Harare Sports Club. It was a momentous occasion for the all-rounder as he starred in Bangladesh’s 220-run win over the hosts by hitting 150* in the first innings and was adjudged Player of the Match.

In a statement, Mahmud Ullah said: “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.”

Mahmudullah. (Photo credit BCB/Twitter)
Mahmudullah. (Photo credit BCB/Twitter)

“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.”

Mahmudullah, who made his Test debut in the West Indies in 2009, winds up his Test 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.

Mahmudullah Would Continue Playing ODIs And T20Is

While the BCB were pondering if Mahmudullah’s decision was just an emotional one, the batting all-rounder has made the call official. Despite quitting Test cricket, Mahmudullah has made it clear that he wants to continue featuring in ODIs and T20Is.

“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 In Tests --- Getty Images
Mahmudullah In Tests — Getty Images

Mahmudullah, who made a comeback to the Test format earlier this year in Zimbabwe, had already informed his teammates that he won’t be extending his career in the longest format following his career-best 150* against the African nation in Bangladesh’s 220-run win. The right-hander made an unbeaten 150 — his fifth Test hundred — in his final innings and was named the player of the match.

Mahmudullah played the last of his 49 Tests in January 2020 before earning a recall against Zimbabwe in July 2021. He was subsequently left out of the series against Zimbabwe last year and against West Indies and Sri Lanka this year.

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.

His announcement came two days before Bangladesh is scheduled to take on Pakistan in the first game of a two-Test series in Chittagong. Mahmudullah, the Twenty20 captain of Bangladesh who was not selected for Pakistan Tests, promised to continue playing the other two formats.

Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan Has Been Ruled Out From Participating In At Least 1st Test Against Pakistan

Shakib Al Hasan will not be available for the opening match of the Bangladesh vs Pakistan Test series, BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin confirmed today.

In a chat, Minhajul Abedin stated that Shakib Al Hasan had not fully recovered from his hamstring injury. As a result, he will miss at least the first Test of the upcoming series against Pakistan.

Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan Ruled Out From Playing At Least 1st Test Against Pakistan

Shakib Al Hasan has played 58 Tests amassing 3933 runs averaging 39.33 runs with the bat and 215 scalps averaging 31.06 with the ball. His last Test was against Zimbabwe in July 2021. He has played only 2 Tests in 2021, none in 2020, and 1 in 2019 when he was banned for not reporting corrupt approaches.

Shakib Al Hasan played 8 matches for KKR in IPL 2021 and picked 4 scalps bowling 26 overs and managed 47 runs.

Minhajul Abedin said: “Shakib will miss the first Test, that’s for sure. He is yet to recover from injury. After assessing the physiotherapist’s report, we can say whether he will be available for the second Test.”

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Shakib Al Hasan sustained a hamstring injury while playing against West Indies in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The all-rounder missed Bangladesh’s last two matches of the Super 12 round against South Africa and Australia and was also ruled out of the home T20I series against Pakistan.

Shakib Al Hasan Played Only 1 Match During The 2019-21 WTC Cycle

Bangladesh will aim to register its first win in the ICC World Test Championship in the upcoming series against Pakistan. The Bangladeshi team failed to win a single match in the previous cycle. The team’s veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan played only one match during the 2019-21 WTC cycle, scoring 68 runs. He bowled six overs but could not pick up any wickets.

Tamim Iqbal (Image Credit: Twitter)
Tamim Iqbal (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan will look forward to recovering soon and donning the whites for Bangladesh again. The Bangladesh vs Pakistan Test series will start this Friday-26th November. Dhaka will play host to both matches of the series. With Shakib Al Hasan not playing, Pakistan has a golden chance of winning an away series in the new WTC cycle 2021-23. It will be interesting to see which Asian team comes out on top.

Meanwhile, Pakistan won the T20I series against Bangladesh in a dominating manner by 3-0 and the Test series between the teams is all set to begin from Friday in Chattogram. Opener Tamim Iqbal has also opted out of the Test series against Pakistan and New Zealand due to an injury.

Bangladesh has added uncapped duo Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Rejaur Rahman Raja to the squad. Mahmudul Hasan Joy performed really well in the National Cricket League, smashing two centuries, and Rejaur Rahman Raja picked 33 wickets in 10 first-class games.

Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP

Mushfiqur Rahim’s Axe From Pakistan T20Is Is Entirely Team Management’s Decision: Mahmudullah Riyad

Mahmudullah Riyad, Bangladesh captain, recently addressed questions about Mushfiqur Rahum’s exclusion from the home T20 series against Pakistan. Mahmudullah Riyad revealed he did not influence Mushfiqur Rahim’s omission from the squad and that Bangladesh would miss him.

Mushfiqur Rahim was a notable miss from the squad for the three-match T20 series, which began on November 19. However, the selectors have justified their decision by revealing they have rested the veteran. Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said they decided to do so, considering the team’s busy schedule ahead.

Mushfiqur Rahim. (Image Credits: Getty)
Mushfiqur Rahim. (Image Credits: Getty)

Mahmudullah Riyad: Mushfiqur Rahim’s Axe From Pakistan T20Is Is Entirely Team Management’s Decision

When asked, Mahmudullah Riyad revealed he is unaware of the selectors’ decision behind Mushfiqur Rahim’s omission. Citing the decision solely of the management, the 35-year-old stated that it would be better if the team management is asked for their opinions.

“If you ask the team management, it will be better. I am not sure what Mushfiqur said and can only say something after seeing it. This decision (excluding Mushfiqur from T20) is entirely of the team management and I am not ready to say anything in this regard, but all I can say is that we will miss Mushfiqur in the series.”

Mahmudullah Riyad. (Image Credits: Getty)
Mahmudullah Riyad. (Image Credits: Getty).

Mushfiqur Rahim had a forgettable T20 World Cup campaign in the UAE, managing only 144 runs in eight matches at 20.57. However, Bangladesh’s winless Super 12 run in the tournament is said to have prompted the selectors to revamp the squad and name plenty of youngsters.

Bangladesh Cricket Board has served Mushfiqur Rahim a show-cause notice after the veteran wicketkeeper’s outburst following his omission from the Pakistan T20I series. The selectors had said that the Bogra-born cricketer was rested, considering the four Tests against Pakistan and New Zealand that are part of the 2021-23 World Test Championship cycle.

Mushfiqur Rahim didn’t have the best of campaigns in the T20 World Cup 2021, after which he was sidelined. The veteran had poor outings even in Bangladesh’s bilateral home series prior to the multi-nation mega event in Oman and the UAE. He will now have to attend a hearing where he might be asked to put forth an explanation behind his reaction. Mushfiqur Rahim averages a mere 19.8 in 99 T20Is, managing only 1465 runs since his debut in 2006.

Mahmudullah Riyad Will Continue As Bangladesh Skipper If Board Thinks He’s Good Enough For The Role; Pakistan Wins 1st T20I

Mahmudullah Riyad also opened up on his captaincy position, which has come under scrutiny following an underwhelming World Cup campaign.

He said: “It is totally the team management or board’s decision. I am not too worried about it. I will continue if they think I am good enough. If I have to say about my position (as the captain), then I will have to say a lot of things and I don’t want to say it here.”

The three-match T20 series against Pakistan starts on Friday, with all three contests set to be hosted by Dhaka. The two sides will also play a couple of Tests following the T20Is.

Pakistan recovered from early blows to beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the first T20 international at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. After being reduced to 24/4, Khushdil Shah’s knock of 34 helped Pakistan rally from the early blows and pipped the hosts to victory. Earlier in the day, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad won the toss and decided to bat first.

Khushdil Shah played a key knock of 34 as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets in the 1st T20I.© AFP
Khushdil Shah played a key knock of 34 as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the 1st T20I.© AFP

Hasan Ali, whose dropped catch cost Pakistan dearly in the T20 World Cup semi-final, was the pick of the bowlers as he took three wickets. Mohammad Wasim Jr picked up two wickets as the hosts could only manage to reach 127/7 in their allotted 20 overs. Afif Hossain top-scored with 36 runs.

Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Bangladesh Cricket Board Confirms Mustafizur Rahman Isn’t Interested To Play Tests

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) introduced a format-wise contract on September 1, without handing one to Mustafizur Rahman for Test cricket. According to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, the 25-year-old ace pacer informed Bangladesh Cricket Board about his unavailability due to increased time spent in the bio-bubbles.

Ever earlier, Mustafizur Rahman had expressed his discomfort of playing continuous cricket in the bio-bubbles, now a norm during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh
Mustafizur Rahman. Image Credits: Twitter

Bangladesh Cricket Board’s Cricket Operations Chairman Akram Khan Said Mustafizur Rahman Isn’t Interested To Play Tests

Currently, he’s playing in the home T20I series against New Zealand and is soon expected to move to another bubble for Rajasthan Royals (RR) during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which is resuming in September. He will then be entering another bubble for Bangladesh during the T20 World Cup.

Akram Khan, the former Bangladesh captain, and Bangladesh Cricket Board cricket operations chairman confirmed the development surrounding Mustafizur Rahman’s Test contract.

“Mustafizur is not interested to take part in Tests at the moment. He told us that it is difficult for him to concentrate on Tests, playing it under bio-bubble and so he does not want to take part in Tests at the moment. We have taken that decision very positively and have discussed it and accepted his request because he is a very important player for Bangladesh in the white-ball format,” said Akram Khan, Bangladesh Cricket Board Cricket Operations Chairman.

Mustafizur Rahman, one of the best pace bowlers in white-ball formats, has been a force behind Bangladesh’s success in recent years. The left-arm pacer has 127 wickets from 68 ODIs at an average of 22.83. In T20Is, he has 71 wickets from 49 matches at an average of 18.91.

He was one of the stars for Bangladesh in their 4-1 win in the T20Is against Australia last month. In fact, he has been exceptional in the shortest format in 2021, bagging 13 wickets from eight T20Is at an average of 11.69 and an economy rate of 5.46. He has played 14 Tests picking up 30 scalps averaging above 35.

Akram Khan Explains Bangladesh’s New Contract System

Akram Khan further explained the need for a new format-wise contract system for Bangladesh, keeping in mind players like Nasum Ahmed and Shamim Hossain, who are only a part of the T20I squad.

He explained: “We have introduced format wise contract because there are cricketers like Nasum and Shamim who are only part of T20s. Earlier if it was white ball that implied ODIs and T20s but now a new group is coming up who are only playing in T20s.”

Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman during IPL 2021
Shakib Al Hasan of KKR and Mustafizur Rahman of RR during IPL 2021 (Photo- KKR)

Akram Khan added: “We have made different payment slabs based upon performance and we kept that so that there is competition between cricketers. When a cricketer is coming to Test from T20s there is a raise and similarly, when he is coming to ODIs there is some raise so players will be eager to perform so that he can be considered across formats.”

Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Taskin Ahmed, and Shoriful Islam are the only five players who have been handed a contract across all three formats. Bangladesh cricket is currently enjoying a good run. Having secured a win after bowling out New Zealand for their joint-lowest T20I total of 60 in the first game, they are set to square off in the second match on Friday.

The Tigers won the first game of the series by seven wickets after they bowled the Black Caps out for a paltry 60 in a mere 16.5 overs. In the run-chase, the Tigers lost Mohammad Naim and Liton Das early but chased the target down with 30 balls to spare. Bangladesh has won the last T20I series against Australia (4-1) and the ODI series against Sri Lanka(2-1) and Zimbabwe (3-0).

Ashwell Prince squeezes a run off Danish Kaneria © AFP
Ashwell Prince squeezes a run off Danish Kaneria © AFP

Ashwell Prince Appointed As Full-time Batting Consultant Of Bangladesh

Ashwell Prince, the former South Africa batsman has been appointed as the full-time batting consultant of the Bangladesh team until the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Ashwell Prince will now discontinue as the head coach at Newlands-based Western Province Cricket Association to take up this task. Ashwell Prince will take over the duty from Englishman Jon Lewis permanently after having an impressive stint with the Bangladesh team during the Zimbabwe series.

Ashwell Prince
Ashwell Prince. (Photo by Mike Egerton – PA Images via Getty Images)

Ashwell Prince Another South African Coaching Consultant Of Bangladesh

The former Proteas batter Neil McKenzie was the batting consultant of Bangladesh prior to Jon Lewis. The former Proteas coach Russell Domingo is the head coach of Bangladesh currently whereas Ryan Cook is the fielding coach. Ashwell Prince is thus another South African addition to the coaching contingent of the side. Previously, the BCB had expressed their interest in extending Ashwell Prince’s contract as the batting consultant up to the T20 World Cup.

“We had appointed him for the Zimbabwe series initially. Since it will be hard to get a coach before the T20 World Cup, we took a bit of feedback and it has been generally positive. I think some of our batsmen did really well in Zimbabwe. Some of the players told us that they have confidence in him. They are satisfied with his work,” Akram Khan, the BCB’s cricket operations chairman had stated as reported by ESPNCricinfo.

Bangladesh (AFP Photo)
Bangladesh (AFP Photo)

The Bangladesh cricket team impressed everybody with their performances against Australia in the recently concluded T20I series. Australia struggled as their batting line-up couldn’t hold the fort for the team.

Australia sank to a new low in their T20I history when they were bowled out for a mere 62 in the fifth and final match against hosts Bangladesh on Monday. In their chase of 123, Australia was bundled out for their lowest total in T20I history as Bangladesh completed a 4-1 series win.

Bangladesh Clinched Victory Against  Zimbabwe And Australia Recently

The script quite didn’t change for any of the games as they were completely outplayed by Bangladesh. The hosts registered a dominated series win of 4-1 against the hosts. It was Bangladesh’s first bilateral series victory against the mighty Australians.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Previously, when the team was up against Zimbabwe they secured victory in the one-off Test match and also continued their momentum in the white-ball series. They clinched victory in the ODI series 3-0 while they won the T20Is by 2-1. Ahead of the T20 World Cup in the UAE, these series victories would have boosted the confidence of the side.

Shakib Al Hasan, who was nominated alongside West Indies’ Hayden Walsh Jr and Australia’s Mitchell Marsh for Player Of The Month, had a stellar July.  The Bangladesh all-rounder starred in the side’s series wins against Zimbabwe – he scored 145 runs and picked up eight wickets in the ODIs and followed that up with three wickets in the T20Is at an economy of 7. He also picked up five wickets in the one-off Test, comprising a 4/82 in the first innings, as Bangladesh won by 220 runs.

With his performance, Shakib Al Hasan also became just the second bowler to the landmark of a hundred wickets in T20Is, joining Lasith Malinga on the list. He now sits at 102 wickets – only five away from the Sri Lankan quick – at an average of 20.64 and an economy of just 6.80.

Against Australia, Shakib Al Hasan picked 7 scalps averaging 18.14 with the ball at a strike rate of 16.86 and an economy rate of 6.46. In the 5 T20Is, he amassed 114 runs.

Bangladesh Cricket Team
Bangladesh Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

Bangladesh Cricket Board Willing To Give NOC To Shakib Al Hasan And Mustafizur Rahman To Play In The IPL 2021

Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Tuesday that they are now willing to give a no-objection certificate to their cricketers to take part in the remainder of the 2021 Indian Premier League in the UAE, as the home series against England is rescheduled.

Bangladesh Cricket Board had earlier stated that they are not willing to give a no-objection certificate to Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman to take part in the remainder of the 2021 IPL as they expected them to be with the national team for the preparations of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.

Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman during IPL 2021
Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman during IPL 2021 (Photo- KKR)

Bangladesh Cricketers Mustafizur Rahman And Shakib AL Hasan Looking To Get NOC For Remaining Part Of IPL 2021

However, the decision of ECB and BCB to postpone England’s tour of Bangladesh to March 2023 has opened the door for the duo to take part in the remainder of IPL.

”Yes, if they apply and if we don’t have any international commitment they can go and take part in IPL. We are yet to receive any official letter from them in this regard and if we get that, the board will make a decision,” BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told Cricbuzz on Tuesday.

England’s planned tour of Bangladesh, which was due to take place in September and October 2021, will now take place in March 2023, it has been confirmed. The England and Wales Cricket Board and the Bangladesh Cricket Board have mutually decided to reschedule the tour, which includes three One Day Internationals and three T20 internationals. The tour is planned to take place in the first two weeks of March 2023.

Bangladesh Cricket Board, @BCB
Bangladesh Cricket Board, @BCB

Bangladesh was scheduled to host England for three ODIs and as many T20Is, which would have served as preparations for the T20 World Cup. The Bangladesh cricketers Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan are likely to get NOC to take part in the remaining part of IPL 2021 and this will be great news to the IPL fans.

Mustafizur Rahman had a good season for Rajasthan Royals picking up 8 scalps in 7 games until the IPL 2021 was suspended due to bio bubble breach while Shakib Al Hasan just played 3 games scoring 38 runs and picking 2 scalps and had to wait for his opportunity in the strong Kolkata Knight Riders squad.

Bangladesh Pull Off A Stunning Victory In The First T20I Against Australia

Nasum Ahmed starred for Bangladesh with four wickets for just 19 runs and helped them defend one of the modest scores of 131. It was a spinning track, and the home team used their spin dominant bowling attack to their advantage rolling up the men in yellow for just 108.

Nasum Ahmed[photo: Twitter]
Nasum Ahmed[photo: Twitter]
This is Australia’s fifth defeat in the last six T20I games as they were coming off a 1-4 series loss to West Indies. Bangladesh has taken an early lead of 1-0 in the T20I series and Australia will look to put up some better performances in the upcoming matches. This is Bangladesh’s first win against Australia in T20Is.
Cricket ODI World Cup Twitter
Cricket ODI World Cup Twitter

Pakistan Cricket Board Joins Hands With Sri Lanka, Bangladesh For Co-Hosting 2027, 2031 ICC ODI World Cups

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly joined hands with its Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi counterparts to bid for two ICC World Cups jointly. It is also set to form a consortium with the UAE-based Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to host two T20 World Cups in the 2024-2031 cycle.

According to a report, the cricketing body intends to host the 2027 and 2031 ICC World Cups jointly with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). It is also looking to host two out of four T20 World Cups with the ECB while going solo in its bid for the 2025 and 2029 Champions Trophies.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)

Pakistan Cricket Board Intends To Host The 2027 And 2031 World Cups Jointly With Sri Lanka And Bangladesh

Pakistan hasn’t hosted a global ICC tournament since the 1996 World Cup, which was staged jointly by the PCB, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and the SLC. Pakistan was part of the South Asian Consortium for the 2011 World Cup, but its matches were withdrawn for security reasons.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)

The PCB will face stiff competition from, among other boards, the affluent BCCI, which has its sights on hosting the 2025 Champions Trophy, 2028 T20 World Cup, and the 2031 World Cup.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants to have a partnership of sorts with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to bid for hosting two ODI World Cups in 2027 and 2031. PCB has also been in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) which looks after matters in the UAE to host two T20 World Cups together.

Pakistan Cricket Board has also expressed its desire to host two Champions Trophy events on its own in the next world cricket cycle apart from the above-mentioned.

17 Boards Bid For Hosting ICC Events

Apart from the BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board, 15 other countries – Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, Malaysia, Namibia, New Zealand, Oman, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, UAE, USA, and Zimbabwe – have presented their proposals by June 30.

The ICC had originally announced an open-bidding process which was scrapped at the eleventh hour for a less transparent choice by its own board.

Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga with the 1996 World Cup trophy. - V. V. KRISHNAN
Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga with the 1996 World Cup trophy. – V. V. KRISHNAN

The ICC’s acting chief executive Geoff Allardice explained the decision in a statement.

“The revised approach to selecting hosts for our events will give us much more flexibility to grow the game and engage new fans. There is a smaller pool of countries with the infrastructure needed to host our senior Men’s events which narrows the selection process.

“Additionally, many of our Members expressed interest in hosting Women’s and U19 events which gives us a great opportunity to stage events in established and emerging cricket nations.”

It has been 25 years that Pakistan has not hosted a global event and several factors have created this situation. The last time Pakistan hosted a World event match was the 1996 World Cup final.

The last time Pakistan hosted a World Cup event was way back in 1996. At the time, there was a joint committee formed between PCB, BCCI, and the SLC. The committee was called PILCOM (Pakistan India Lanka committee). Pakistan had got the rights to even hosting the final of the 1996 World Cup in Lahore.