The BCB on Thursday re-appointed Shakib-Al-Hasan as Captain of Bangladesh’s Test team. The decision was taken after former skipper Mominul Haque stepped down earlier this week. Veteran all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan previously had two stints as the Test captain of Bangaldesh, first in 2009 & then in 2017. Overall, Bangladesh have won only three Test out of 14 matches under his captaincy,
BCB President, Nazmul Hasan confirmed the development & revealed that the board had three names on their list & would have opted for the other two options if Shakib had said no to taking over it. He was also not sure how long Shakib would remain in the role of Captain after taking it up now. However, Hasan said that the all-rounder has offered his commitment to all forms of the game.
“We have a series against Zimbabwe after the West Indies. He may not be there. Other than this, he gave us a commitment he would play in all formats in future series, but it’s difficult to say for how long Shakib will be leading the side,” he said.
“We had three names in our hands. If Shakib was not interested we would choose the duo from the three available options.”
Meanwhile, Mominul Haque stepped down as Bangladesh’s Test captain after a series of defeats against Sri Lanka. They had also lost the Test series against South Africa last month with a 2-0 score. On the back of Bangladesh’s continuous poor performances in the Test format, Mominul Haque decided to step down from the captaincy role. He was not able to handle the pressures of captaincy which was clearly evident from his below-the-par performances with the bat.
Justifying his decision, Mominul said “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,” he further added.
Bangladesh are currently placed at the eighth position in the 2021-2023 WTC Points Table after winning one of their eight matches so far. Shakib’s first assignment in his third stint as the Test skipper will be a two-match away Test series against West Indies, which will start on June 16. Liton Das will be his deputy during the Test Series.
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