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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.