After a 12-year career, Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah Riyad announced his retirement from Test cricket on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old last played a Test against Zimbabwe in Harare in July of this year, with Bangladesh winning by a score of 220-runs.
In his final innings, the right-hander hit an unbeaten 150, his fifth Test century, and was named player of the match.
In Tests, he scored 2,914 runs at an average of 33.49 and took 43 wickets, while captaining the team six times.
According to local media, Mahmudullah informed his teammates during the Zimbabwe Test but did not make a formal announcement.
“It’s difficult to leave a format that I’ve been a part of for so long.” “I’ve always wanted to end my Test career on a high note, and I believe this is the right time,” he said in a statement Wednesday.
His announcement came just two days before Bangladesh was set to kick off a two-match series against Pakistan.
Mahmudullah, Bangladesh’s Twenty20 captain who was not selected for Pakistan Tests, has promised to continue playing in the other two formats.” Although I am retiring from Test cricket, I will continue to play ODIs and T20 internationals and look forward to continuing to give my best for my country in white-ball cricket,” he said.