Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2016-17 March 13, 2017

Mahmudullah dropped for second Test

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Isam: Mahmudullah's poor form brought him to this point

Hours after Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mahmud confirmed that allrounder Mahmudullah would not be a part of the playing XI for the Colombo Test and would fly home on the eve of the match, BCB president Nazmul Hassan claimed the player's return would be a personal decision and not one taken by the team management.

The Test, which begins on March 15 in Colombo, will be Bangladesh's 100th and Mahmud had said that given the match would be an emotional, landmark occasion, it was decided not to keep a high-profile, senior player sitting on the bench.

Hassan said the decision to either stay in Colombo or return to Dhaka was up to Mahmudullah.

"It is totally up to him [Mahmudullah], whether he wants to stay [in Colombo] or return [to Dhaka]," Hassan said. "There's no question about sending him home by us or the team management, because the ODIs are coming up. I am sure he is supposed to stay back. At least I would have known if something like that had happened."

Mahmud later confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Mahmudullah could return to Dhaka, either on March 14 or 15, depending on the availability of an air ticket. Sources, however, indicate that Mahmudullah's likely return will be discussed after Hassan arrives in Colombo on Tuesday.

Mahmudullah made scores of 8 and 0 in Bangladesh's loss in Galle, and bowled just two overs of his offspin. He had made a half-century in the one-off Test in India before this, but before that had gone ten innings without getting to a fifty.

He was at the ground with the team at practice today and took part in the warm-ups, but did not train thereafter.

Hassan also backed Mahmudullah's selection for the three ODIs and two T20Is that follow. The ODI series starts from March 25, while the two T20Is will be played on April 4 and 6.

"The ODI team isn't submitted to me yet," Hassan said. "Whether he will play or not, but I don't think anyone will drop him from the squad without talking to me first.

"He is a senior player who has made a lot of contribution. I don't see any possibility of him being dropped from the squad."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Asequl on March 20, 2017, 16:40 GMT

    In retrospect, dropping out of form Mahmudullah and Mominul was a stroke of genius by the team management. It helped BD greatly in their 100th test. BD would have lost if Sabbir and Mosaddek was not playing.

  • wambling_future on March 19, 2017, 16:36 GMT

    @Golam.Rabbi: If a player is out of form then he should play more and more cricket but at domestic level to get his form back and not keep playing at International level...he wasn't making any contribution to the team so get some one new and hope he makes some run..nothing is guaranteed..the replacement could fail as well..but that's the nature of the game... anycase BD did well without him in 2nd test...

  • golam.rabbi on March 18, 2017, 18:02 GMT

    By whom do you want to replace Mahmudullh at Test squad? Is there anyone? Bad decision.

  • golam.rabbi on March 18, 2017, 18:01 GMT

    The decision of dropping out Mahmudullah is wrong. If one player is out of form, then he should be playing more and more games to get his form back. It is not wise to remove that person.

  • Alakeshwara on March 15, 2017, 17:14 GMT

    Big mistake by tour selectors ! Mahmadullah is the most prolific BD batsman who should bat at no 4 position. His batting order was shuffled & made him uncomfortable. No batsman can score half/centuries every innings. But quality batsment will comeback strongly. I m sad a good batsman is mishanlded ! Insane....

  • cricfan4446682934 on March 15, 2017, 17:11 GMT

    Shakib is never a test player. He should be changed.Mahmudullah is not in form but he is the best batsmann for Bangladesh. Dropping of Mominul is also a unwise decision. Actually, Bangladesh needs a selector like Farukh Hossain, otherwise it will only continue deterioration.

  • Sober_BD_fan on March 14, 2017, 15:03 GMT

    This is the perfect decision. It would work as a tonic for the rest of star players.

  • Sachit1979 on March 14, 2017, 11:16 GMT

    Tough call. I think he batted really well in 5th day of test match against India. BD team management should have trusted him a little more. Moreover why is he not being used as bowler anymore? I feel he bowls well.

  •   cricfan1100630346 on March 14, 2017, 10:40 GMT

    at least in T20 Mehedi Maruf should be included.

  • cricfan37328733 on March 14, 2017, 10:32 GMT

    If ban win toss and bat first and post good total then they have chance otherwise another easy win for sl....hope shakib at least could score 1 fifty becoz I believe this guy bats like tailender unaware of situation.....bt will be surprised if indeed score big.its time for shakib to decide if he wants to change his approach as test batsman or just continue slogging and get t20 franchise deals.....His statement that he will not change proved that he wants his reputation as hitter....should do a favour and retire from test or play@7 and give chance to player like Mossadek.

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