To everyone's shock, Mahmudullah announced that he has retired from Test Cricket. He made the announcement shortly after the end of Day 3 of the one-off Test against Zimbabwe in Harare. But Mahmudullah has not stated anything about his retirement in the post-match press conference. He only spoke about his 191-run partnership with Taskin Ahmed for the ninth-wicket. He has also not announced the news on his social media accounts.
But it has drawn a sharp reaction from BCB president Nazmul Hassan. According to him, Mahmudullah's announcement during an ongoing match would negatively impact the team.
The ongoing Test is his 50th Test match and he celebrated the occasion by making his fifth century in a Test match. He finished the game with 150 not out. His partnership with Ahmed was formed when Bangladesh was at 270 for 8.
The addition of Mahmudullah was added to the Test side at the last minute. He was picked after Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim were injured during DPL T20s. It marked Mahmudullah's return to the Test side after 18 months. The last time he played was against Pakistan in the previous year.
Nazmul Hassan stated that he was recently informed of the decision. According to him, it is unusual, unacceptable, and irresponsible of Mahmudullah to decide on such short notice and in the middle of a game. The decision is based on emotions and he has not thought practically about it.
Nazmul Hassan was not informed officially of Mahmudullah's decision to retire from Test cricket
Hassan stated that he was not officially informed of the decision and heard about it from elsewhere. Someone called him to inform him that Mahmudullah does not want to play Test matches anymore. Hassan talked about it in the dressing room which is unusual since the match is not yet over. Such an announcement is unusual and could negatively impact the team.
Hassan stated that he has no problem if a player wants to retire. But Mahmudullah should not have created the mess in the middle of a series. It is highly unprofessional and unusual behavior from any player.
Moreover, before the tour, Mahmudullah had confirmed that he wanted to play the three formats. As a part of the Board's policy, every player was asked about their availability in each format before giving the contract. He should have told the Board about his decision beforehand when he was given the opportunity. That would have avoided a lot of confusion and chaos within the team.