Rubel Hossain, a fast bowler from Bangladesh, has declared his retirement from Test cricket. But he will stay eligible for the short-overs format. Since making his Test debut against the West Indies in 2009, the 32-year-old has played in 27 Tests for his country. He took 36 wickets with the best statistics of 5 for 166. With his flinging action, he never seemed to make the same impact in Tests as he did for Bangladesh in the restricted overs format.
Rubel last played a Test against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in February 2020, finishing with 3 for 113 after bowling more than 25 overs. He was unable to return to the Test side after that. His economy rate has always been a concern in the longer format, despite his many strengths. The speedster has now opted to withdraw from the format in order to give the youth more opportunities.
“To provide chances to youngsters I have decided to retire from red-ball cricket,” Rubel wrote on his official Facebook account.
Mushfiqur Rahim declared his retirement from T20I cricket a few weeks ago following a dismal performance in the Asia Cup 2022. On the other hand, experienced batter Mahmudullah was left out of the T20 World Cup 2022 roster that was recently released. With Rubel leaving Test cricket, it is apparent that the kids would be fostered following Bangladesh’s early withdrawal from the Asia Cup 2022.
Rubel was a member of Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad but did not participate. He is not expected to play in this year’s T20 World Cup 2022. Rubel’s return to the limited overs side will be difficult with Bangladesh establishing an array of youthful fast bowlers. The reason possibly being more than a year of international play.
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