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Mahmudullah must fight for Test place, says Domingo

  • Published at 08:28 pm February 21st, 2020
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Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo briefs the media in Mirpur Friday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

In his last 10 innings, Mahmudullah only has one fifty to his credit, a 67-run knock against New Zealand at Basin Reserve in Wellington in March, 2019

All-rounder Mahmudullah will have to fight back for his place in the Bangladesh Test side, head coach Russell Domingo has said.

The Bangladesh cricket fraternity was stunned a few days ago when Mahmudullah was dropped for the one-off Test match against Zimbabwe.

The decision from the national selection panel was based on Mahmudullah’s inconsistent form in the longer version, and also driven from the thought that the Bangladesh T20I captain should only focus on the limited-over formats.

Mahmudullah’s axing came immediately after the defeat against host Pakistan earlier this month in Rawalpindi.

Bangladesh had suffered yet another humiliating loss, this time by an innings and 44 runs – their fifth in the last six Tests.

It was widely reported that Domingo had suggested Mahmudullah to retire from the format.

“He is out of the team at the moment. I put it to him to consider his future. I see him very much part of our white-ball cricket. [Mahmudullah] Riyad is adamant that he wants to fight back into the Test side. He has played 49 Tests and has been a fantastic performer for Bangladesh,” said Domingo to the reporters at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Friday.

“At the moment, there isn’t a place for him [in the Test side]. He is one of our main players in white-ball cricket. It is good to have that sort of determination and fight to get back to the team. It is not for me to tell a player to stop playing. A player who has played for that long and with that sort of success, he deserves the right to decide when he is finished trying to play for his country. I have to give him that benefit of the doubt,” he explained.

Since his bow in Tests in 2009, the right-arm all-rounder has played 49 matches, scoring 2,764 runs with four centuries, three of which came in the 2018-19 season, and 16 half-centuries.

In his last 10 innings, Mahmudullah only has one fifty to his credit, a 67-run knock against New Zealand at Basin Reserve in Wellington in March, 2019.