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Mahmudullah officially retires from Test cricket

Mahmudullah officially retires from Test cricket

Bangladesh allrounder Mahmudullah Riyad finally announced his official retirement from Test cricket after a 12-year career. He said he would continue to play ODI and T20I, where he is the captain of the side.

The 35-year old played his 50th and last Test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club in July with Bangladesh recording a 220-run win. In his final innings the right-hander made an unbeaten 150, his fifth hundred in Tests, and was adjudged the Player of the Match.

After hitting his career-best knock in Zimbabwe, he was reportedly make the announcement to his colleagues in the dressing room. He though didn't speak on this after the match, however, the confirmation came on the final day of the Test, when his team-mates gave him a guard of honour ahead of the game.

Mahmudullah scored 2,914 runs at an average of 33.49 and grabbed 43 wickets in Tests. He has also captained Bangladesh in six Test matches.

In a statement, Mahmudullah said: "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. “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.

"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."