Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah makes shock decision to retire from Test cricket
Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah

Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah has made a sudden decision to retire from Test cricket after the ongoing match against Zimbabwe in Harare.

Mahmudullah Retires from Test Cricket

Like Sanath Jayasuriya, Kevin Pietersen, Shoaib Malik, Steve Smith, and many more, Mahmudullah started his career as a bowler and then converted into a batsman who could bowl handy off-breaks.

He became the first Bangladeshi World Cup centurion when he scored 103 against England at the Adelaide Oval that helped his team reach the knockout stage for the first time.

According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Mahmudullah made the announcement shortly after the end of the 3rd day’s play of the ongoing one-off Test against Zimbabwe.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan feels that the decision from the all-rounder might impact the team negatively during the middle of the game. Hassan said Mahmudullah’s decision was “unusual” since the match isn’t over yet.

“I have not been informed officially but someone called me on the phone and said he doesn’t want to play Tests anymore,” Hassan told the Bengali daily Prothom Alo as reported ESPNcricinfo.

“Apparently, he told the dressing room. I think it is highly unusual since the match isn’t even over. I think he did it from emotion. Such an announcement will have a negative impact on the team. It is unacceptable. I have no problem if someone doesn’t want to play, but there is no need to create a mess in the middle of a series,” he added.

The ongoing one-off Test is Mahmudullah’s 50th match in the longest format of the game. The all-rounder hit a gutsy ton in Bangladesh’s first innings to rescue visitors from a precarious position.

Mahmudullah Debut Match

Test Match
Debut West Indies vs Bangladesh at Kingstown – July 09 – 13, 2009
Last Played Pakistan vs Bangladesh at Rawalpindi – February 07 – 10, 2020
ODI Match
Debut Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS) – July 25, 2007
Last Played Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka at Dhaka – May 28, 2021
T20I Match
Debut Kenya vs Bangladesh at Nairobi (Gym) – September 01, 2007
Last Played New Zealand vs Bangladesh at Napier – March 30, 2021

 

Mahmudullah Batting Stats

M Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 49 2764 146 31.41 5178 53.38 4 0 16 321 23
ODI 197 4410 128 35 5715 77.17 3 0 25 335 69
T20I 89 1506 64 23.9 1223 123.14 0 0 4 122 48

 

Mahmudullah Bowling Stats

M Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 49 1949 43 5/51 8/110 3.44 45.33 79.05 1 0
ODI 197 3574 76 3/4 3/4 5.17 47.03 54.54 0 0
T20I 89 864 31 3/18 3/18 7.29 27.87 22.94 0 0