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Captaincy not a burden, says Mahmudullah

  • Published at 08:39 pm November 2nd, 2019
Mahmudullah
Mahmudullah chances his arm during training in New Delhi Friday AFP

Mahmudullah took up the captaincy in a difficult period for Bangladesh cricket, as star all-rounder and regular T20I and Test captain Shakib al Hasan was served a one-year ban by the International Cricket Council last week

Mahmudullah, stand-in skipper for Bangladesh in the T20I series against India, has said the role of captain is not a burden for him at all, and that he wants to lead from the front by lifting his game in the tough series.

Mahmudullah took up the captaincy in a difficult period for Bangladesh cricket, as star all-rounder and regular T20I and Test captain Shakib al Hasan was served a one-year ban by the International Cricket Council last week.

Bangladesh Cricket Board initially declared the T20I squad naming Shakib as captain but later handed over the responsibility to Mahmudullah.      

Mashrafe bin Mortaza in recent years, or Shakib, led the team in a good way in the shorter formats and brought positive results for Bangladesh. 

When asked by an Indian journalist as to whether captaincy has become a burden or added extra pressure on Mahmuaullah in the shortest format, the confident Mahmudullah answered straightaway without any hesitation, and with a big smile on his face.

“The word you said, burden, this is not the way I am thinking. I think captaincy is a great opportunity for me, to lead the team and lead my nation. I had done it in T20Is and Tests while Shakib was injured in the past. We (myself, Mashrafe and Shakib) are playing together for more than 10-12 years. Shakib has some amazing qualities and Mashrafe is a great motivator. I just need to step up my game and try to be a good leader. We have to play as a team. We need to perform collectively and execute our skills out there in the game,” said Mahmudullah on the eve of their first T20I at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi Saturday.

Mahmudullah has played 80 T20Is and scored 1,377 runs with a strike rate of 122.07. 

He has also played 200 T20s in his career with 3,574 runs under his belt.