Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah retires from Test cricket

Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah has announced his retirement from Test cricket at the age of 35, but will continue to play one-day internationals and Twenty20s, the country’s cricket board (BCB) said in a statement on Wednesday.

Mahmudullah’s last Test was against Zimbabwe in Harare in July, where he scored an unbeaten 150 in his final innings to lead the team to victory. He played a total of 50 matches and scored 2,914 runs at an average of 33.49.

“It is not easy to leave the format that I have been a part of for so long. I have always thought of going high and I believe this is the right time to end my Test career.

He also took 43 wickets in a career spanning 12 years.

“I thank my teammates and support staff for always encouraging me and believing in my potential. It is an absolute honor and privilege to play Test cricket for Bangladesh and I will cherish many memories.

Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in the first match of the two-Test series in Chittagong from Friday.

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