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Mahmudullah eyes a return to Tests

  • Published at 08:53 pm March 30th, 2020
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Bangladesh's Mahmudullah walks back to the dressing room following his dismissal during day one of their first Test against India in Indore (file photo) AFP

I would like to fight for my place in the Test team. I hope I will get the opportunity

Bangladesh national team's senior player Mahmudullah said he will fight back for a spot in the Test squad once cricket returns to the field by overcoming the coronavirus situation in the country. Right-handed batsman cum spinner Mahmudullah was axed from the longer version side in February this year for the Zimbabwe Test at home.

Mahmudullah’s future in Test was jeopardized following his below par performance in Rawalpindi Test. It was widely reported that Bangladesh national think tank following the game was in opinion that the 35-year-old cricketer should retire from the longer version and put focus on ODIs and T20Is.

When quarried for his plan of getting back to Test team, Mahmudullah said, “I don’t know because there is no cricket at the moment and we all are waiting to return to the field. Obviously, there will be plans once I return to cricket and definitely, I would like to fight for my place in the Test team. I hope I will get the opportunity.”

 Mahmudullah since his debut in Test back in 2009 has played 49 Test for Bangladesh and has amassed 2764 runs under his belt with four centuries, of which three have come in 2018-19, and 16 half centuries. In his last 10 innings in the format, Mahmudullah has only one half century, an innings of 67 against New Zealand at Wellington in March 2019. However, considering last 16 innings the middle order batsman found three centuries in four matches coming against Zimbabwe, West Indies and New Zealand in 2018-19 season.

With the heroics many had thought if Mahmudullah was finally getting his tone set in red-ball cricket but only to see him getting removed from the team in the following days.

“Actually, I never thought that way [that I was getting the tone for Test cricket] having scored three centuries in four Tests. I can remember once Tamim [Iqbal] mentioned that to me and only then I get to realize that,” informed Mahmudullah.

“I think I need to be more consistent in Test cricket and I always try to work on that. I didn’t perform up to the mark in the last few Test matches because the expectation is always there being a senior player. I need to step up but I didn’t deliver and also, I got injured during the pink ball Test in Kolkata. But I am looking forward to get back to the Test side and try to perform as much I can and try to make an opportunity for myself,” he added.

Mahmudullah is currently one of the three captains in Bangladesh cricket, given the charge to lead T20I side. The format by many is considered to be the best for Mahmudullah. With the bat, he has scored 1475 runs in 79 innings at a strike rate of 122.81 and with ball has bagged 31 wickets in 55 innings.

When asked how he likes to deal his T20I team, Mahmudullah said, “I always believed that to play T20 cricket you need that freedom to play your shots and obviously you have to take that freedom on to your game. You just can’t take the fear of failure in your heart and play. I have always wanted to spread these two messages to my boys within our group being the T20 captain. Probably we still have a lot to prove in the shortest format and hopefully we can do it properly this time around. For that I need to have all the support from the management and the players as well so that I could gain that trust as a captain and do well as a group.”

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