Mahmudullah dropped for second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo

Bangladesh, Simon Jones

Bangladesh veteran all-rounder Mahmudullah has been left out of the second Test against Sri Lanka, team manager Khaled Mahmud said on Monday (March 13). The Test, which begins on Wednesday (March 15) in Colombo, marks Bangladesh’s 100th game in the longer format and will be a landmark occasion in the history of Bangladesh cricket.

The team management has decided not to leave a senior, high-profile player warming the bench during the ’emotional’ game, and so Mahmudullah will fly home on the eve of the game.

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Mahmud also added the think-tank is yet to decided whether the all-rounder will feature in the upcoming three-match ODI series and two T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka.

The 31-year-old has been lean on runs in the recent past, evident by the fact that he only managed 303 runs in his last 12 outings to the middle. He had gone ten innings without crossing the half-century mark before finally scoring a fifty in the one-off Test against India.

Mahmudullah has played 25 Tests for his country and amassed 1,404 runs so far since his debut against West Indies in 2009.

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