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23 Nov 2021
Bangladesh’s T20 captain and one of the most experienced players in the international arena, Mahmudullah Riyadh has announced his official retirement from Test cricket just ahead of the start of the two-match Test series against Pakistan in Chattogram.
Mahmdullaah who last played a Test match, also his 50th for his country was in Zimbabwe early this year in which he also scored unbeaten 150 and was adjudged Player of the Match. Bangladesh won that game by 220 runs.
Mahmudullah on his official announcement 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.
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. 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,” the veteran added.
The 35-year-old, who made his Test debut in 2009, featured in 50 matches, scoring 2914 runs at 33.49, including five centuries and 16 fifties and took 43 wickets. He also captained Bangladesh for six Tests.