Mahmudullah’s Test career not over yet: Domingo
Bangladesh former Test captain Mahmudullah Riyad has been axed from the Test against Zimbabwe starting from February 22, with the head coach Russell Domingo initiating the move to inform the all-rounder to inform that he is not part of Bangladesh’s Test plans for the near future.
However, while addressing the media on Friday (February) ahead of the lone Test against Zimbabwe, the Tigers head coach claimed he believes Mahmudullah’s Test career is not over just yet.
Domingo also added that he is quite happy with the fact that Mahmudullah too is not giving up hope of getting his place back in the Test side.
“It’s not for me to tell a player to stop playing. A player who has played for that long or with that type of success, he deserves the right to decide when he is finished trying to play for his country. So, I got to give him that benefit of the doubt,” Domingo said.
“This is not the end of his Test career. He is out of the team at the moment. I have put it to him to consider his future (in Test cricket). But as far as the white-ball cricket is concerned, he is a key member of the team. He has realized that he has to fight hard to get back to the Test team. He is a great performer for Bangladesh team. I give him full credit for realizing what he has to do to stay in the team, or return to the team,” Domingo also added.
Mahmudullah has so far played 49 Test for Bangladesh. In the 93 innings he batted, he scored 2,764 runs with a modest average of 31.41. But he has had a string of poor performances in recent matches, with many in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) seeing the end of his Test career in his dismissal in the second innings against Pakistan, when he suffered a golden duck.