Shakib Al Hasan, the ace allrounder, was named Bangladesh’s Test captain for a second time on Sunday (December 10), with the upcoming tour by Sri Lanka to be his first assignment. Shakib – already Bangladesh’s Twenty20 International captain – will take over at the helm from Mushfiqur Rahim.
Mahmudullah has been named Shakib’s deputy, replacing Tamim Iqbal as the vice-captain. Tamim, the left-hand opening batsman, will continue to remain the vice-captain of the T20I side.
This will be Shakib’s second stint as captain of the Test team, having led previously in nine Tests between 2009 and 2011. Out of those nine Tests, Bangladesh could only manage one win, losing the other eight.
Mushfiqur, who led Bangladesh in 34 Tests from October 2011, came under fire after the abysmal tour of South Africa, where they were whitewashed in all three formats, including massive defeats in the two Tests. Bangladesh have lost seven of their nine Tests this year.
Nazmul Hasan, the Bangladesh Cricket Board chief, said the decision to remove Mushfiqur as Test captain was taken as they wanted him to concentrate on his batting. “We have decided to change the Test captain,” he said. “Shakib Al Hasan will be our new Test skipper from the upcoming series and Mahmudullah will be the vice-captain of the side. There will be no changes in the other formats.
“I can’t say that there were some specific reasons behind the decision. Basically, we think that there should be a change here. We want best batting service from Mushfiqur. We want to give him some time to relax and moreover, he should concentrate on his batting. Overall, we are willing to make a plan for next four to five years and the decision is just the beginning of the new plan. There will be some changes also in other fields as well. But till now, this is the only change which has been made today.”
The Bangladesh Cricket Board are yet to name a new coach after Chandika Hathurusingha resigned from his post to shift his base to Sri Lanka, where he will take charge as head coach on December 20.
Sri Lanka will play two Tests and as many T20Is in Bangladesh after a triangular ODI tournament with Zimbabwe as the third team, in January.