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22 February, 2020 10:08:03 AM
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BCB asks Riyad to rethink future in Test cricket

All-rounder determined to stage comeback
Mahmudullah Riyad
BCB asks Riyad to rethink future in Test cricket

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) gave an indication to all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad that he should ponder on his future in longer-version cricket after they axed him from the squad for the one-off Test against visiting Zimbabwe.

This follows his performance in the Rawalpindi Test against Pakistan. Head coach Russell Domingo echoed the sentiment. Describing him as an integral part of white-ball cricket, Russell said he had put it to the all-rounder to consider his future in red-ball cricket. “At the moment, Riyad is out of the Test team. I have put it to him to consider his future in Test cricket because I see him as an integral part of our white ball cricket,” he told the media at the media block of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

But the head coach insisted that if Riyad could stage a comeback to Test cricket, full credit would go to him. “Riyad wants to fight for his place in the Test eleven. He has played 49 Tests and been a fantastic performer for Bangladesh. It’s good when someone shows that much determination and fight to get back into the team,” he said. “In white-ball cricket, Riyad is one of our main players. Full credit to him for wanting to come back to Tests,” he added.

When asked if Riyad's career in Tests was ‘finished’, the coach said he was not the right person to tell a player to stop playing. “A player who has successfully played for so long deserves the right to decide whether he is finished trying to play for his country. I have to give him that benefit of the doubt,” he added. However, Riyad will not travel to Karachi with the national team in the third phase of the Bangladesh tour in Pakistan. Citing personal grounds, the experienced all-rounder informed the matter to the board and selectors.

Riyad had travelled with the Tigers in the previous two phases of their tour to Pakistan. He led Bangladesh in the T20 series, where the Tigers were whitewashed by Pakistan 3-0. The third and last leg of Bangladesh’s three-phase tour of Pakistan will be played in April. A one-off ODI on April 3 will be followed by the second Test from April 5–9, with both formats of games to be decided in Karachi.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu had a meeting with Riyad on Thursday. He informed the matter to the board. Even the all-rounder also informed the board in writing about his unavailability. “Riyad’s wife is expected to give birth when Bangladesh will be playing their one-off one-day international. He wants to be with his family during that time. He informed the matter to us both verbally and also in writing,” Nannu said.  

Earlier, BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon had announced that a player intending to take a leave of absence for any series or tournament has to communicate it six months in advance. The announcement was made after Bangladesh’s loss against Pakistan during their recent tour, which was skipped by Mushfiqur Rahim as he decided to withdraw himself citing to personal reasons.

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