Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad on Wednesday announced his retirement from Test Cricket, International Cricket Council confirmed on its official website.
The 35-year-old played 50 Test matches for Bangladesh in his 11 years association with the oldest format. He scored 2914 runs at the strike rate of 33.49 and claimed 43 wickets at 45.43.
Mahmudullah announces retirement from Test cricket
In his final Test against Zimbabwe in July, Mahmudullah remained unbeaten on 150 in the first innings as Bangladesh won the match by 220 runs.
Absolute honour and privilege to play Test cricket for Bangladesh: Mahmudullah
The all-rounder said that it was his absolute honour to play for Bangladesh in Test and thanked the national board for its support.
“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 said in a statement, as reported by ICC.
“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 continue giving my best for my country in white ball cricket,” the statement further read.
Mahmudullah is the captain of Bangladesh’s T20I side, and recently they were whitewashed by Pakistan in the three-match T20I series. Bangladesh also lost all of their Super 12 fixtures in the T20 World Cup in UAE.
Bangladesh will look forward to the two-match Test series against Pakistan after losing the T20I series. The first Test begins on November 26 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.