Bangladesh's Mahmudullah Riyad announces retirement from Test cricket

Mahmudullah Riyadh announce his retirement from Test cricket and brings curtains to a 12-year career

By AFP
November 24, 2021
Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah Riyad. --AFP/File

DHAKA: Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah Riyad announced his retirement from Test cricket on Wednesday as he brings curtains to a 12-year career.

The 35-year old played his last Test against Zimbabwe in Harare in July this year with Bangladesh recording a thumping 220-run win.

The right-hander smashed an unbeaten 150 which was his fifth Test hundred and also turned out to be his final innings.

In his test career, he scored 2,914 runs at an average of 33.49 and took 43 wickets in Tests, captaining the side six times.

Local media reported that Mahmudullah told his teammates during the Zimbabwe Test but waited to make a formal announcement.

"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," he said in a statement Wednesday.

His announcement came two days before Bangladesh is set to play Pakistan in a two-match test series.

Mahmudullah, the T20 captain of Bangladesh who was not selected for Pakistan Tests, promised to continue playing the other two formats.

"Although I am retiring from Tests, I will still be playing ODIs and T20 internationals and looking forward to giving my best for the country in white-ball cricket," he said.