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Mahmudullah's Test career comes to a halt, asked to focus on white-ball cricket
Bangladesh News

Mahmudullah's Test career comes to a halt, asked to focus on white-ball cricket

Mahmudullah is set to face the axe from Bangladesh's Test squad for the upcoming one-off clash against Zimbabwe in Dhaka.

The senior middle-order batsman's string of low scores in the conventional five-day format has prompted the team management to ask him to rethink his future in the Test unit.

"We have asked the coach to talk with him about his future in the longer-version cricket and he had spoken with him," a member of the selection panel told Dhaka Tribune.

Mahmudullah's inconsistency in Test cricket has seen him rack up 2,764 runs at a paltry average of 31.77 across 49 appearances.

His mode of dismissals in the first Test against Pakistan have attracted the ire of critics since reckless strokes on both occasions brought about his demise on the lively Rawalpindi pitch.

The 34-year-old all-rounder was guilty of chasing a wider delivery off Naseem Shah in the second innings to hand the teenage prodigy his maiden hat-trick in international cricket.

Prior to the opening Test versus Pakistan, Mahmudullah managed a total of 70 runs in four innings against India further outlining his struggles in the longer format.

Having already been burdened with leadership responsibilities in T20Is, the decision to omit Mahmudullah from the Test side may relieve him of the embarrassment of undergoing an extended lean run in Tests.

He has been able to score only a single half-century in his last 10 Test innings whereas his contributions with the ball have rarely been impressive.

Mahmudullah is expected to return to the national side for the five white-ball fixtures against Zimbabwe at home next month.