Four months after informing his team-mates that he would no longer play Test cricket, the BCB has confirmed that Mahmudullah has indeed retired from the format, bringing the end to a 12-year career that began in 2009.
Mahmudullah had chatted with the team on day three of Bangladesh's one-off Test against Zimbabwe in Harare, and had received a guard of honour from them on the final morning of the match, where he scored a career-best 150 not out. But there was no official recognition of his decision till now.
In a statement released by the BCB, Mahmudullah said "leaving a format of which I have been a part of for such a long time is not easy." He, however, confirmed that he would still be playing limited-overs internationals.
"I had always thought of going on a high and I believe this is the right time to end my Test career," he said. "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."
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