Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah retires from Test cricket

Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah Riyad. — Twitter/File
Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah Riyad. — Twitter/File

DHAKA: Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah Riyad introduced his retirement from Test cricket on Wednesday after a 12-year profession.

The 35-year previous performed his final Test in opposition to Zimbabwe in Harare in July this 12 months with Bangladesh recording a 220-run win.

The right-hander made an unbeaten 150 — his fifth Test hundred — in his remaining innings, and was named the participant of the match.

He scored 2,914 runs at a mean of 33.49 and took 43 wickets in Tests, captaining the facet six occasions.

Local media reported that Mahmudullah advised his teammates in the course of the Zimbabwe Test however waited to make a proper announcement.

“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,” he mentioned in an announcement Wednesday.

His announcement got here two days earlier than Bangladesh are scheduled to start their two-Test sequence in opposition to Pakistan.

Mahmudullah, the T20 captain of Bangladesh who was not chosen for Pakistan Tests, promised to proceed enjoying the opposite two codecs.

“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,” he mentioned.