“Mahmudullah is not being considered for the second Test. So he is going back to Bangladesh. Riyad has been informed about the omission [Sunday]. He has been dropped due to underperformance,” Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mahmud told the media Monday afternoon.
Mahmud informed that Mahmudullah would head home [Tuesday] or [Wednesday], subject to availability of air ticket.
“We have not been able to confirm the air ticket for [Tuesday]. If we are unable to get the ticket, then he will leave Sri Lanka [Wednesday],” said Mahmud to Dhaka Tribune at 7pm local time.
Mahmudullah however, was included in the ODI squad that was announced on Monday. But even after the ODI team announcement, it was still not clear whether Mahmudullah would leave the island nation or stay behind for the three ODIs.
Bangladesh started training at 10am local time in Colombo under the watchful eyes of trainer Mario Villavarayan. Mahmudullah was present there for light running.
But Mahmudullah was absent after the warm-up session when the team went for fielding and net practice. Later, it was revealed that the experienced all-rounder was dropped from the Test side and will head back home.
A visibly dejected Mahmudullah then left the ground around 12pm for the team hotel.
At that time, the rest of the team were practising hard in the net session ahead of the second and final Test.
Mahmud though informed that Mahmudullah took the matter sportingly and believes the Mymensingh cricketer will soon script a comeback.
“It’s a tough situation for every player. But I think he is a matured player. Obviously, he is frustrated but he has taken it positively. I hope he will bounce back strongly,” said Mahmud.
Mahmud said the decision was taken for the sake of the team.
“Players are a bit sad and it is natural as Mahmudullah is a senior player. But there is no other option as we are trailing in the series. We want to win the Test match. So there is no chance of emotion here. There is no issue regarding senior-junior as well,” said Mahmud.
“Performance is the ultimate factor. Also, team combination is an important factor. We are playing professional cricket. So everyone has to accept what is best for the team.
“I think everyone needs a break to get refreshed. Hopefully this break will be the turning point for Mahmudullah. And I believe it could be better for him,” he added.
Mahmudullah, who has played 33 Test matches since his debut against the West Indies in 2007, scored eight and nought in the two innings in Galle.
Earlier, opening batsman Imrul Kayes joined the Test squad on Saturday. Imrul, Sabbir Rahman or Mosaddek Hossain will replace Mahmudullah in the playing XI.