Shutting down the assumptions, Mahmudullah has announced retirement from Test cricket. The news has been making rounds since he played against Zimbabwe in July this year.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has confirmed his retirement and with this, Mahmudullah’s 12-year long Test career comes to an end.
Going by the flow, it looked like Mahmudulah was waiting for an official clearance from the BCB on the retirement, particularly from the president of the board Nazmul Hasan, which has now been confirmed.
Mahmudullah is now 35-years old and his last test was against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club in July this year with Bangladesh winning the game by a margin of 220 runs.
In this final innings, the right-handed-middle-order batsman scored an unbeaten 150, his fifth century in Tests and was awarded the player of the match. He scored 2,914 runs with an average of 33.49, and also took 43 wickets in tests. He also captained Bangladesh in six Test matches.
“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 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 honor 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 T20Is and really looking forward to continue giving my best for my country in white-ball cricket,” said Mahmudullah, who is currently leading the Bangladesh team in T20 Internationals.