Bangladesh's skipper Mahmudullah Riyad announces retirement from Test cricket


The skipper of the Bangladesh cricket team Mahmudullah has announced his retirement from the longest format of the game. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) released the confirmation of his retirement on 24th November, Thursday.

However, it's a big decision taken by the 35-year-old, as they have to face the visitors, Pakistan in the two-match Test series that is going to commence from 26th November, Friday.

Mahmudullah has featured in 50 Tests for Bangladesh where he amassed 2914 runs that he played at an average of 33.49, with the highest score of unbeaten 150. In addition to that, he has 5 hundred and 16 fifties to his name. Having a look at his bowling stats, the right-hander has scalped 43 wickets at a decent average of around 46. 

I will still be playing ODIs and T20 internationals: Mahmudullah


According to the reports from Cricbuzz, the limited-overs skipper has 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."

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Mahmudullah confirmed that he will be representing his nation in the ODIs and T20s whenever he's been called to lead. "Although I am retiring from Tests, I will still be playing ODIs and T20 internationals and really looking forward to continuing giving my best for my country in white-ball cricket," Mahmudullah further added.

After being whitewashed by the visitors, Pakistan, Bangladesh will be looking forward to winning the upcoming Test series on their soil. The first Test is going to commence at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on 26th November, Friday.