Riyad skirts around the issue of his Test retirement
While there was confirmation that Bangladesh T20 captain Mahmudullah Riyad had retired from Tests during the lone Test against Zimbabwe at Harare last month, the T20 skipper did not want to discuss the issue during a press conference today ahead of Bangladesh's five-match T20I series against Australia.
No statement had come from the player at the end of the match while board President Nazmul Hassan expressed surprise and captain Mominul Haque refused to divulge on Mahmudullah's decision or confirm his retirement.
The Bangladesh players had formed a 'guard of honour' at the beginning of the fifth day's play and then paid their tributes to Riyad on social media later for his Test career. The drama regarding his Test retirement was apparent as a career-best 150 at Harare was supposed to make his return to the Test side after a 17-month forced exile more permanent.
Asked regarding whether he was going to announce his decision to the media today, Riyad did not want to discuss it.
"I want to make one thing clear that only the upcoming series in my thoughts right now. Maybe I will be able to give you details regarding this issue soon," the T20 captain said with a smile during the press conference today.
The BCB president had earlier confirmed to The Daily Star that Riyad did express wish to retire. "Mominul phoned me and said 'Riyad bhai is saying he will retire'. Later Riyad himself called too. I told him to finish the series and come back. 'If you don't want to play, it's not a problem but give it in written form.'," the BCB president had said.
Mired in confusion, the saga continues for now and it appears that only a meeting between the player and the board president will help bring the issue to a conclusion.