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Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah will not play the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo as he will be returning home.
Team manager Khaled Mahmud was the first person to confirm the news before Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan revealed that Mahmudullah’s decision to head back to Bangladesh was a personal one and had nothing to do with the team management.
Since the match will be Bangladesh’s 100th Test, Mahmudullah was given the choice of staying in Sri Lanka or returning home, and he opted to choose the latter.
“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.”
Mahmudullah could travel back to Bangladesh on March 14 or 15, but it is likely that he will wait until Hassan arrives in Colombo on Tuesday.
Even though the 31-year-old made scores of 8 and 0 in the first Test in Galle, Hassan has backed him to be included in the limited overs squads.
“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.”