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Shakib named Bangladesh Test captain, Liton as deputy

BCB took the decision after Mominul stepped down from the role

Update : 02 Jun 2022, 10:19 PM

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has named Shakib al Hasan as the new Test captain.

The BCB in a meeting Thursday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium took the decision after Mominul Haque Tuesday decided to step down from the role.

Right-handed batter Liton Das has been given the charge as the vice-captain of the Bangladesh Test team.

BCB president Nazmul Hasan while speaking to the media following the meeting announced that Shakib would lead the Bangladesh team with Liton as his deputy.

The BCB boss however, couldn’t define the timeframe for Shakib and Liton.

Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal is said to be in charge till the ODI World Cup 2023 while T20I skipper Mahmudullah is supposed to lead until the T20 World Cup 2022.

However, Nazmul claimed that BCB has never set the timeframe for both Tamim and Mahmudullah.

“We never gave any timeframe for Tamim and Mahmudullah. It has been set by you people [media]. Shakib will remain [Test] captain until there is need of further discussion,” said Nazmul. 

It was sort of well-established that BCB is going to hand all-rounder Shakib the charge, given that there aren’t enough options.

There was however, wide discussion if the decision will be wise bearing in mind that Shakib has recently started a trend of not being available for all national team duties.

Nazmul said he and few others spoke to Shakib on this and that the cricketer informed that he will be fully available. 

“We spoke to him and as far as I know he will play [all series for Bangladesh]. There is Zimbabwe tour [which doesn’t involve Test matches] after the West Indies, he is unsure of that. But he will be available for all matches and all formats after that. Of course, he will be available for all Test matches - we had this as one of the criteria before selecting him,” said Nazmul.

“We had three names from which we needed to decide the captain and the vice-captain. Now if Shakib had decided to not take the captaincy, we would have chosen one from the remaining two options.”  

The occasion is the third that the BCB has entrusted Shakib with the charge of the Test team.

Shakib first played as captain in Tests in 2009 in place of the injured Mashrafe bin Mortaza on tour of the West Indies.

In his first term, Shakib performed the role for 13 months, leading in nine Tests and winning once.

Shakib was relieved from the role in 2011 following below par performance in the Zimbabwe tour.

In 2017, Shakib was made the Test captain for the second time and he was also named the T20I skipper. 

This time Shakib guided Bangladesh in five Tests and won twice against the West Indies at home but faced a humiliating defeat against Afghanistan.

Shakib would have led the team further if the International Cricket Council had not imposed a ban on him for failing to report corrupt approaches.

In such a situation BCB saw Mominul Haque fit to lead in Test cricket.

Bangladesh till date have played 14 Tests under Shakib, winning thrice and losing 11.

Under Mominul Bangladesh have played 17 Tests, winning three and losing 11 with two matches drawn. 

Mominul had led Bangladesh to their historic first Test victory against New Zealand in New Zealand earlier this year.

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