Bangladesh cricketers stood in line as Mahmudullah walked to the field on the final day of the Harare Test. The commentators of the live broadcast confirmed the event. There however has been no formal announcement from Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] or from Mahmudullah on the occasion
Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah’s retirement from Test cricket was confirmed after the cricketer was given guard of honor by the team mates ahead of start of day five’s play of the ongoing Test against hosts Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club.
Bangladesh cricketers stood in line as Mahmudullah walked to the field on the final day of the game. The commentators of the live broadcast confirmed the event. There however has been no formal announcement from Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] or from Mahmudullah on the occasion.
Mahmudullah made a stir in the cricketing fraternity of the country after his intention to quit Test cricket was leaked in the media on Friday. News broke out the middle order batsman cum off-spinner to retire from the longest version of the game following the one-off Test against Zimbabwe.
The 35-year-old had made the revelation to the team following day three’s play of the Test. Dhaka Tribune through multiple sources close to the team had confirmed the incident.
The decision from Mahmudullah came as a shock given he had just returned to the format all guns blazing. Mahmudullah dropped from Bangladesh Test fold due to below par performance, made a fiery return in the format after around 17 months scoring an unbeaten 150 runs to pull Bangladesh out of a batting misery in the ongoing Test against Zimbabwe.
There is wide rumor that Mahmudullah’s decision was driven by emotion for having been overlooked in the format by the selection panel. Mahmudullah while making the revelation to the team members mentioned that he wanted to show that he ‘is fit to play Test’ and that has been done through the unbeaten 150 runs he has scored in the game.
Mahmudullah before the Zimbabwe Test, played his last in January 2020, against Pakistan in Rawalpindi, and was subsequently left out of the series against Zimbabwe last year and against West Indies and Sri Lanka this year. He was also among a handful of cricketers to be given a white-ball-only central contract in 2020.
The decision from @Mahmudullah30 was shocking given he had just returned to the format all guns blazing. He made a strong return for @BCBtigers after around 17 months scoring an unbeaten 150 runs to save Bangladesh against @ZimCricketv https://t.co/j8mC8mAuKX— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) July 10, 2021
The Bangladesh selection panel included Mahmudullah, three days after declaration of the intial team for the Zimbabwe game, as back-up to the injured opener Tamim Iqbal and middle order batsman Mushfiqur Rahim.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan in a prompt reaction speaking to a leading newspaper of the country said he was informed of Mahmudullah’s decision which he shared in the dressing room. The BCB chief however could not understand Mahmudullah’s choice given the cricketer had informed the board of playing all three formats of cricket for Bangladesh.
Mahmudullah made his Test debut in 2009 during Bangladesh’s tour of West Indies. The right-handed batsman in 50 matches and 94 innings has scored 2914 runs at an average of 33.49. The 150 not out in the ongoing Test against Zimbabwe is his career best figure and has five centuries and 16 half-centuries under his belt.