Mahmudullah Riyad announces retirement from Test cricket

Mahmudullah Riyad Bangladesh

The all-rounder of Bangladesh cricket team Mahmudullah Riyad, who made his Test debut in 2009, has announced his retirement from Tests on Wednesday.

According to media reports, Mahmudullah Riyad has played 50 Test matches and captained Bangladesh for six Tests in his 12-year career. He has scored 2,914 runs at 33.49, including five centuries and 16 fifties and took 43 wickets.

The 35-year-old has played his 50th Test against Zimbabwe in July this year at the Harare Sports Club.

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Mahmudullah said in a statement, “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,” the statement added.