Bangladesh on Sunday appointed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as Test captain, removing Mushfiqur Rahim from the post ahead of the two-Test home series against Sri Lanka starting January.
Shakib, who is already the national Twenty20 captain, takes over the Test side after a disastrous tour of South Africa in a move that the cricket board said would allow Mushfiqur to focus on his batting.
“We have decided to change the Test captain. Shakib will be our new Test skipper from the upcoming series and Mahmudullah will be the vice-captain of the side,” Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan told reporters in Dhaka following a Board of Directors’ meeting. “There will be no change in the other formats,” he said. Mushfiqur led Bangladesh in 34 Tests since 2011, guiding them to some remarkable wins over England, Sri Lanka and Australia since last year.But the wicketkeeper-batsman fell from grace after a disastrous tour in South Africa where Bangladesh lost both Tests by heavy margins.
Hasan said the decision to remove Mushfiqur as Test captain was taken as they wanted him to concentrate on his batting.
“We want best batting service from Mushfiqur. We want him to concentrate on his batting, want to free him from pressure,” he said. Shakib, who took the helm of the national Twenty20 side from Mashrafe Mortaza in South Africa, takes charge of the Test squad for the second time, having led the side in nine Tests between 2009 and 2011.
Tamim Iqbal was removed as vice-captain of the Test side but Hasan said the opening batsman would continue as Shakib’s deputy in the T20 squad.—AFP