Mahmudullah Riyad announced his retirement from Test cricket on Wednesday after
a 12-year career.
The 35-year old played his last Test against Zimbabwe in
Harare in July this year with Bangladesh recording a 220-run win.
The right-hander made an unbeaten 150 — his fifth Test
hundred — in his final innings, and was named the player of the match.
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.
I am officially announcing my retirement from test cricket. I received the Man of the match award both in my debut & the last test match. Alhamdulillah, It has been a wonderful journey in test cricket. I would like to thank my family, teammates, coaches & BCB for their support. pic.twitter.com/WDEyoKLX4S
— Mahmudullah Riyad (@Mahmudullah30) November 24, 2021
“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
His announcement came two days before Bangladesh are
scheduled to begin their two-Test series against Pakistan.
Mahmudullah, the Twenty20 captain of Bangladesh who was not
selected for Pakistan Tests, promised to continue playing the other two
“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.