Mahmudullah announces retirement, gets guard of honour from teammates
Harare, July 12: Bangladeshi teammates of Mahmudullah Riyad gave him a guard of honour before the start of play on the final day of the only Test match against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, on Sunday, thus putting an end to rumours surrounding his retirment from the longest form of the game.
Mahmudullah, decided to hang his boots from Test cricket, scored 150 runs in his last Test match innings for Bangladesh.
His 278-ball innings, not only paved the way for Bangladesh to score 468 runs in the first innings, but also gave the bowlers much needed boost after a failed start to their innings.
Adjudged man-of-the-match, Mahmudullah stitched togther two century plus stands with Liton Das and Taskin Ahmed enroute his hundred.
The former skipper has played 50 Test matches for the tigers, scoring 2914 runs at an average of 33.11. He has scored five hundreds and 16 half-centuries, for a highest score of unbeaten 150 runs, which incidentally came in his last innings.
According to reports, Mahmudullah had made his intension of retirement to his teammates on the third day of the Test match, which shocked many in the team.
He was recalled back into the Test side after 16 months and would not have played in the match against Zimbabawe had senior opener Tamim Iqbal kept fit. Tamim's injury led to Mahmudullah's inclusion into the starting 11.
It is believed that Mahmudullah's decision was partly due to his anger towards team management, even though the Bangladesh Cricket Board has asked the senior cricketer to rethink.�