Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe one-off Test: Bangla all-rounder Mahmudullah announces shock retirement

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Mahmudullah made the announcement shortly after the end of the third day’s play of the ongoing one-off Test against Zimbabwe. Mahmudullah’s decision didn’t go well with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan, who said the all-rounder’s announcement will negatively affect the team in the middle of the game.

Hassan said Mahmudullah’s decision was “unusual” since the match isn’t over yet. “I have not been informed officially but someone called me on the phone and said he doesn’t want to play Tests anymore,” Hassan told the Bengali daily Prothom Alo.

“Apparently, he told the dressing room. I think it is highly unusual, since the match isn’t even over. I think he did it from emotion. Such an announcement will have a negative impact on the team. It is unacceptable. I have no problem if someone doesn’t want to play, but there is no need to create a mess in the middle of a series,” he added.

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The ongoing one-off Test is Mahmudullah’s 50th match in the longest format of the game. The allrounder hit a gutsy ton in Bangladesh first innings to rescue visitors from a precarious position.

The visitors scored 468 in the first innings and Zimbabwe responded with 276. Mahmudullah was added at the last minute to the Bangladesh squad.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh player Taskin Ahmed and Zimbabwe fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani have both been fined 15 per cent of their match fees for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second day.

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The players were found to have breached Article 2.1.12 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an international match.”

According to ICC, in addition to this, one demerit point each has been added to the disciplinary records of the players, both of whom did not have any previous offence in a 24-month period.

The incident occurred in the 85th over of Bangladesh’s first innings. After Muzarabani had bowled a delivery to Taskin, the two players moved aggressively towards each other, and contact was made after words were exchanged face to face.

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