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Mahmudullah Riyad
Mahmudullah Riyad on practice session (16) (cropped).jpg
Mahmudullah at a training session in 2018
Personal information
Full nameMahmudullah Riyad[1][2]
Born (1985-02-04) 4 February 1985 (age 35)
Mymensingh, Bangladesh
NicknameSilent Killer [3][4]
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
BowlingRight-arm off break
RelationsMushfiqur Rahim (brother-in-law)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 55)9 July 2009 v West Indies
Last Test7 February 2020 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 84)25 July 2007 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI6 March 2020 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no.30
T20I debut (cap 13)1 September 2007 v Kenya
Last T20I11 March 2020 v Zimbabwe
T20I shirt no.30
Domestic team information
2004/05–presentDhaka Division
2012–2013Chittagong Kings
2012Basnahira Cricket Dundee
2015Barisal Bulls
2016–2019Khulna Titans
2019–presentChattogram Challengers
2017–2018Quetta Gladiators
2017Jamaica Tallawahs
2018–presentSt Kitts & Nevis Patriots
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 49 185 85 112
Runs scored 2,764 3994 1461 6258
Batting average 31.78 33.84 23.94 35.10
100s/50s 4/16 3/21 0/4 13/32
Top score 146 128* 64* 152
Balls bowled 3399 4090 711 9051
Wickets 43 76 31 142
Bowling average 45.32 46.40 27.87 35.20
5 wickets in innings 1 0 0 3
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 1
Best bowling 5/53 3/4 3/18 7/94
Catches/stumpings 38/1 61/– 31/– 97/1
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 11 March 2020

Mahmudullah Riyad (Bengali: মাহমুদুল্লাহ রিয়াদ; born 4 February 1986), often known simply as Mahmudullah, is a Bangladeshi cricketer and the current T20I captain. He has played First-class and List A cricket for Dhaka Division and has represented Bangladesh in all forms of the game. An all-rounder, he is a lower or middle-order batsman as well as an off spin bowler. He is prominent for his ability to finish a close limited over game. He is the first Bangladeshi to score a World Cup hundred.[5]

Domestic career[edit]

In the 2008/09 Bangladeshi domestic season Mahmudullah finished as the second-highest run-scorer in the competition with 710 runs at an average of 54.61 and was subsequently recalled to the ODI squad to face Zimbabwe in three ODIs and a tri-series with Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.[6] Mahmudullah made his Test debut on 9 July 2009 against the West Indies. He performed poorly with the bat, but obtained the best test bowling figures in a match by a Bangladeshi on debut, with an eight-wicket haul, including a five wicket haul in the second innings.[7] This played a major role in Bangladesh's second Test win, and the first on foreign soil. He is now a regular member in the squad.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League in 2012, a twenty20 tournament to be held in February that year.[8] An auction was held for teams to buy players,[9] and Mahmadullah was bought by the Chittagong Kings for $110,000.[10]

For the 2017 Pakistan Super League, Mahmudullah contracted by Quetta Gladiators, The 2017 PSL edition is scheduled to begin from February 9.[11]

Mahmudullah Riyad is the highest-paid cricketer in Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2017–18, Mahmudullah was the first pick in the player by choice draft for the Dhaka Premier League. He was acquired by Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club.[12][13]

In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Khulna Titans team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[14] In November 2019, he was selected to play for the Chattogram Challengers in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League.[15]

He will play for Gemcon Khulna in 2020-21 Bangabandhu T20 Cup.[16]

International career[edit]

Debut years[edit]

Mahmudullah was called up for Bangladesh's ODI squad for the three-match series against Sri Lanka in Bangladesh's tour of the country in July 2007. He made his debut on the tour, in the third ODI, where he was Bangladesh's second highest scorer (with 36) and also took 2 wickets, in a match Sri Lanka won by 39 runs.[17] He went on to be picked for Bangladesh's squads for a Quadrangular Series in Kenya in 2007 and the 2007 Twenty20 World Championship.[18][19] in 2009 he made his test match debut against Westindies and took a five wicket hall making him the third player from Bangladesh to take a five wicket hall in test debut at that time.

As permanent member[edit]

Although Mahmudullah scored a Test century batting at number 8 against New Zealand, the selection committee preferred not to promote him up the order due to a perceived weakness against fast bowling, despite the number four spot having no permanent occupant.[20] He was included in Bangladesh's 15-man squad for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.[21] On 20 September 2011, Mahmudullah was named Bangladesh's vice-captain, taking over from Tamim Iqbal after the previous captain and deputy were sacked.[22] When West Indies toured in October, Mahmudullah missed all the fixtures with a viral fever.[23] He recovered in time to rejoin the squad to face Pakistan in three ODIs in November.[24] Mahmudullah scored 56 runs and bowled in just one match, taking three wickets from seven deliveries.[25][26]

2015 World Cup[edit]

On 9 March 2015, in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, against England, he scored the first century by a Bangladeshi batsman in World Cup history.[27] Bangladesh went on to win the match and went through to the quarterfinals.[28] In the next match, on 13 March, he scored another World Cup century, this time against New Zealand, although New Zealand won by 3 wickets. In six matches in the World Cup, he scored 365 runs at an average of 73.00 and eventually became the highest run-getter for Bangladesh in the World Cup.[29] He was also named in the 'Team of the tournament' by Cricbuzz.[30]

2017 ICC Champions Trophy[edit]

Mahmudullah scored a century against New Zealand in a crucial virtual Quarterfinals for the semi-final berth. In that same match he along with Shakib Al Hasan set the record for the highest 5th wicket partnership in ICC Champions Trophy history with 224-run partnership and also the highest partnership for any wicket for Bangladesh.[31][32]


Mahmudullah's record as captain
Format ↓ Matches Won Lost Drawn/NR
Test[33] 6 1 4 0
ODI[34] Did not captain
T20I[35] 12 4 8 0
Last updated on: 24 March 2020

In January 2018, during the Bangladesh Tri-series final against Sri Lanka, permanent Test captain Shakib injured his left little finger which resulted in bruising and swelling and ruled out from the Test series against Sri Lanka. With that Mahmudullah was named as the captain for the Test team.[36] On 31 January 2018, he became the tenth player to lead Bangladesh in Tests.[37][38] Shakib Al Hasan was also ruled out of the first T20I, with Mahmudullah once again named as captain in his place.[39] Under his captaincy, Bangladesh recorded their highest total in T20Is (193/5), but finally lost the match for Sri Lanka in Tri-nation Series in Bangladesh.[40] In the next match against Sri Lanka in Nidahas Trophy, Bangladesh scored 200 runs for the first time when they chased down 214 to win the game.[41] On 16 March, Mahmudullah scored an unbeaten 43 runs and made Bangladesh qualified for the Nidahas trophy final by hitting a six in the last decisive over to reach the target 160 runs for victory against Sri Lanka in the semi-final match.[42]

In April 2018, he was one of ten cricketers to be awarded a central contract by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) ahead of the 2018 season.[43] He's named captain in squad against West Indies but Shakib al Hasan returned and captained.

2019 Cricket World Cup and beyond[edit]

In April 2019, he was named in Bangladesh's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[44][45] For his poor performance in Test cricket, he was suggested by BCB to focus only on limited formats, henceforth in March 2020, when BCB published its new revised contract he was only given White ball contract.[46]

Brand endorsement[edit]

Mahmudullah was signed to Mymensingh Cricket Club by sports agency Imago Sports Management after the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Since 2015, Imago Sports Management has been managing Mahmudullah. HeidelbergCement Bangladesh Limited, a global cement company, has endorsed Mahmudullah for its product Scan Cement.[47] Mahmudullah is the first Bangladeshi centurion in World Cup to sign a contract with HeidelbergCement Bangladesh Limited. Mahmudullah will be featured on Scan Cement billboards, TVC, and other promotional activities. Besides this, Mahmudullah partners with Helio (Mobile Handset Brand) for their social media content and Raw Nation (bat sponsor).[48][49] As of February 2017, Mahmudullah has endorsement deals with Cheer Up, a beverage brand of PRAN.[50]

USAID's Goodwill Ambassador for youth and development in Bangladesh[edit]

Mahmudullah will work with the United States Agency for International Development to engage thousands of young people via social media and public service announcements on the importance of youth empowerment in Bangladesh, and the need to increase education and nutrition, and reduce gender-based violence.[51][52]

Personal life[edit]

On 25 June 2011, Mahmudullah married Jannatul Kawsar Mishti.He had 2 son Raeed & Mayed.[53] He is also the brother-in-law of fellow cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim as his (Mahmudullah's) wife's younger sister, Jannatul Kawsar Mondi is married to Mushfiqur.[54][55] On 8 November, 2020, he tested positive for Covid-19.[56]

Records and achievement[edit]

  • Mahmudullah became the first Bangladeshi batsman to score a century in Cricket World Cup, when he hit the century against England in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.[57]
  • He is the first Bangladeshi batsman to score two consecutive century in the World Cup. He did so in the 2015 World Cup hitting centuries against England and New Zealand.
  • He is the only second cricketer after New Zealand's John Richard Reid, who has achieved the triple of scoring a century, taking five-wicket haul and effecting a stumping in test cricket.[58]

See also[edit]


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