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Bangladesh's Mahmudullah retires from Test cricket

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Dhaka, Nov 24 (IANS) Veteran Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah has announced his retirement from Test cricket, the Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old, who made his Test debut in 2009, featured in 50 matches, scoring 2914 runs at 33.49, including five centuries and 16 fifties and took 43 wickets. He also captained Bangladesh for six Tests, during his 12-year career in the longest format of the game.

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He played his 50th Test against Zimbabwe earlier this year in July at the Harare Sports Club. It was a momentous occasion for the all-rounder as he starred in Bangladesh’s 220-run win over the hosts by hitting 150* in the first innings and was adjudged Player of the Match.

On day three of that match, Mahmudullah had already informed his teammates that he won’t be extending his career in the longest format. He had also received a guard of honour from them on the final morning of the match.

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But, there was no official recognition of the retirement from the BCB till now and they were pondering if Mahmudullah’s decision was just an emotional one. However, the batting all-rounder has now made the call official.

“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,” said Mahmudullah in a statement.

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“I want to extend my gratitude to the BCB President for supporting me when I returned to the Test team. I thank my teammates and the support staff for always encouraging me and believing in my ability. It has been an absolute honour and privilege to play Test cricket for Bangladesh and I will cherish the many memories,” he added.

Despite quitting Test cricket, Mahmudullah has made it clear that he wants to continue featuring in ODIs and T20Is.

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

–IANS

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