Mominul Haque steps down as Bangladesh’s Test captain, following Bangladesh’s series defeat at home against Sri Lanka. Mominul Haque who has led the Bangladesh Team in the Test format since October 2019 was unable to handle the pressures of captaincy which was clearly evident from his below-the-par performances with the bat. He has averaged just 16.20 in 2022, with 162 runs from six matches. And Overall, Bangladesh won just three Tests under Mominul’s leadership, losing 12 and drawing two. His inability to perform well & guide the Test team towards success has compelled him to take the decision of resigning from the captaincy post.
“When you play well, even if the team doesn’t win, you are still in a position to motivate them. I felt that captaining a side is tough when I am not scoring and the team is not winning. I think it is best to quit the captaincy.”
“I feel I should focus on my batting. It wasn’t a hard decision. A captain has to contribute otherwise it brings a lot of pressure. The board president told me to stay on but I don’t want to be the captain.”
Though Bangladesh began 2022 with a historic victory against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui, they lost four of their next five Tests, including the series defeats against both South Africa and Sri Lanka.
After Bangladesh’s loss in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Mirpur last week, Mominul met with the BCB president Nazmul Hassan, indicating his wish to step down from the captaincy in order to focus on his batting. Shakib-Al-Hasan is the potential candidate to step in Mominul’s role but a final decision on a full-time captain is yet to be taken.
“I am not concerned about Mominul’s captaincy. I didn’t hear anything from the coaches too. He is not getting runs, which is always a worry for a batsman. Mominul is going through a mental crisis. I told him immediately after the Dhaka Test that we believe in him,” Nazmul told Daily Star.
“I also heard Shakib’s name is in discussion for Test captaincy. Shakib used to be captain in all three formats but now I have to know what is he available for? He cannot make last-minute decisions about his availability when he is the captain.
“We have to discuss with him first. There are also other names being discussed. We have to take a well-thought-out decision. We cannot make someone a captain on a whim.”
Shakib has had previous stints as Bangladesh’s Test captain. He first lead the team in their test fixture against West Indies in 2009. He captained the team for six more matches in the first half of 2010, followed by Test matches in August 2011 against Zimbabwe. Shakib then took over the Test captaincy once again in December 2017, replacing Mushfiqur Rahim. Shakib held the role for nearly two years, till he was handed a one-year ban from all cricket in 2019 for failing to report a corrupt approach.
However, Shakib’s future in Test Cricket has been a topic of discussion in recent months with the all-rounder going back and forth on his commitment to red-ball cricket. Earlier, in February, Shakib after being named in South Africa touring squad asked BCB to grant him a break from International cricket. However, after having a talk with BCB President, Shakib decided to tour South Africa.
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