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Test Cricket: Mahmudullah returns to bowling in pursuit of Test comeback

Mahmudullah looked determined to continue his endeavor of fulfilling all the requirements to make a comeback in Tests as he started bowling after a while in the national nets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Mahmudullah made his Test debut in 2009 against the West Indies and made a dream start to his career in whites as though he failed with the bat but produced remarkable bowling figures for a Bangladeshi on debut as he took 8 wickets in the match, including a 5-wicket haul in the second innings to help Bangladesh seal their first-ever win abroad.

Mahmudullah’s Test career has come to a halt for the time being as the team management asked him to re-think his future in longer-version cricket, shortly after the opening Test against Pakistan in February. He was subsequently axed from a red-ball contract.

“I want Mahmudullah to play in the Test but he needs to bowl (against West Indies),” BCB president Nazmul Hasan told the media at that point in time.

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However, Mahmudullah could not fill the requirements as he sustained a back injury during the last ODI against West Indies. The back pain even forced him from making himself unavailable as a bowling option during the tour of New Zealand that followed after the Test series against West Indies at home.

According to BCB insiders the right-handed batsman was very much in contention to make the cut during the tour of Sri Lanka after Shakib made him unavailable to take part in the IPL.

“Yes, his (Mahmudullah) name was discussed quite a few times before finalizing the 21-member squad for the Sri Lanka tour but the problem is that you cannot carry such a senior player and make him sit on the bench,” a member close to the development told Cricbuzz.

”I am doing fine (there is no pain),” Mahmudullah told Cricbuzz on Monday when his attention was drawn regarding the back pain while returning back to the dressing room after completing his half-an-hour bowling session.

BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury said that the all-rounder is the best person to judge whether he can bowl or not.

(With Input From Cricbuzz)

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