Bangladesh pacer Rubel Hossain, on Monday (September 19), announced his retirement from Test cricket in order to open a slot for the youngsters. He announced his decision on social media on Monday.
However, the pacer will continue to play limited-overs cricket for Bangladesh.
Hossain made his Test debut in 2009 and ended up playing only 27 Tests over the span of 13 years. He last played a Test match for Bangladesh in February 2020 against Pakistan. He has 36 wickets to his name in Test cricket with a career-best of 5/166 – his only five-wicket haul.
Rubel Hossain wrote on Facebook: “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.”
He continued, “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. 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.”
The pacer signed off by saying, “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 colorful dreams in white-ball formats.”