Rubel Hossain, a fast bowler from Bangladesh, has declared his retirement from Test cricket but will still be eligible for the limited overs format. Since making his Test debut against the West Indies in 2009, the 32-year-old has played for his country in 27 matches, taking 36 wickets altogether with his best overall of 5 for 166. As much of an impact as he had for Bangladesh in the restricted overs format with his slinging motion, he never seemed to make an impression in tests.
Rubel's most recent Test match was in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, against Pakistan in February 2020, when he concluded with 3 for 113 after bowling more than 25 overs in the innings. Even though he has a lot of skills, he was unable to make it to the Test side after that, and his economy rate has always been an issue in the longer format. In order to give the young people a lot more opportunities, the speedster has now opted to withdraw from the format.
"To provide chances to youngsters I have decided to retire from red-ball cricket," Rubel wrote on his official Facebook account.
Rubel was a member of Bangladesh's T20 World Cup 2021 team but did not play in the starting lineup, and he will not be part of T20 World Cup 2022. Rubel will find it difficult to rejoin the limited overs team given Bangladesh's abundance of talented fast bowlers and the fact that he has missed more than a year of international competition.