The retirement decision was not easy: Riyad
The 35 year old decided to retire after playing an unbeaten 150-run innings in Harare, returning to the Tests after 16 months. The official announcement of that decision came on Wednesday.
Maksud HaqueDesk Reporter
Mahmudullah Riyad said the decision was not easy despite of the official announcement of his retirement from the Tests. The cricket superstar officially bid farewell to Test cricket on Wednesday (November 24).
Announcing his departure from the Tests, Riyad said: "It's not easy to give up the format I've been playing for so long. I have always wanted to end up in a good position and I think this is the right time to end my Test career. "
Although the selectors made Riyad apart from the Test team, the BCB president was always in favor of taking the batsman to the Tests. In his farewell message, the 35 year old thanked BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon.
Riyad added: "I would like to thank the BCB president for being by my side when I returned to the Test team. Thanks to my teammates and support staff for supporting me and believing in my abilities. It is a great honor and pride to be able to play Test cricket for Bangladesh. ''
Despite retiring from Tests, Mahmudullah has announced that he will continue to play ODIs and T20s in full force.
Earlier, experienced Riyad was called up to the Test squad for this year's tour of Zimbabwe. At first he was not included in the team, this created controversy. The selectors eventually included the cricketer in the Test squad.