Bangladesh pacer Rubel Hossain announced his retirement from Test Cricket on September 19, Monday, making the declaration via social media.
The pacer wanted to offer more chances to youngsters and subsequently, took the decision to retire from the longest format of the game.
“Assalam Alaikum. I wanted to inform you about something. I have officially submitted a letter to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and decided to retire from test cricket. The longer version of cricket plays a big role in strengthening the national team’s pipeline. I think our pipeline will strengthen more if the young pacers get more opportunities. In order to provide the youngsters more opportunities in the red-ball format, I have decided to retire from Test cricket.”Hossain took to his Facebook account, and wrote,
Hossain made his Test debut in 2009 and played 27 Tests for the Tigers over the span of 13 years. He had not played a Test match over the last two years, having last played in February 2020 against Pakistan. He scalped 36 wickets in his Test career with a career best of 5/166 – his main five-wicket haul.
“I was able to able to play 27 Tests for Bangladesh, which is a big achievement for me. Those who have helped me during my journey with the red ball cricket, I am grateful to all of them and I hope I will get your support in the coming days as well. I may have retired from Test cricket but I believe I still have a lot to give in the ODI and T20I formats for Bangladesh. I will continue playing in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL), the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) along with the other white-ball tournaments. Pray for me so that I can gift you with colourful dreams in white-ball formats,”his statement concluded.
The pacer will keep on playing in the shorter formats of the game and also continue in the Bangladesh Premier League.