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Shakib named captain for Asia Cup, World Cup

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) unsurprisingly 
named Shakib Al Hasan as their captain for the upcoming Asia Cup and World 
Cup.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon made the much-anticipated announcement in a 
surprising media briefing today at his residence in the city. 

“As I said earlier, Shakib is the easiest choice as the captain for his 
experience and influence. So he was our obvious choice. We made him the 
captain for the Asia Cup and World Cup. In between there is home series 
against New Zealand,” Papon said.

“I think the squad for the World Cup and Asia Cup will be announced tomorrow 
since the captain’s name is announced. The selectors were waiting for the 
coach and captain as they need to know their input for the squad. The squad 
will be a 17-member,” he added.

Current vice-captain Liton Das and allrounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s name were 
also emerged as the probable captain but the BCB chief felt there is no one 
better than Shakib in dealing with the pressure in the a big tournament like 
World Cup. 

“Pressure is a big factor. You can’t compare the World Cup pressure and 
pressure in a bilateral series. Shakib is a performer and he knows how to 
handle the pressure in crucial tournament and moment. At this moment there is 
no one better than him,” he opined.

It was the second time, Shakib was announced a full time captain for 
Bangladesh in ODI format, having led the side from 2009 to 2011 including the 
2011 World Cup. He captained in 49 matches and led the side to the victory in 
22 matches at that time.

He was the deputy for the frequently-injured Mashrafe Bin Mortaza from 2015-
2017 and led three more ODIs, each time standing in for Mashrafe. Shakib has 
so far led Bangladesh in 19 Tests and 39 T20Is, and the last of his 52 ODIs 
as captain was in 2017.

After being announced captain in ODI format, he became the captain of 
Bangladesh in all three formats of cricket at this moment.

But Papon said they would talk to him at length to know whether he would keep 
leading the side in all three formats of cricket. 

“I spoke to him on the phone yesterday but we need to talk to him at length 
to know his long term plan. He is now busy with Lankan Premier League. Let 
him come first and then we will also talk about which format he will keep 
leading, whether it is all three formats or one or two of them,” the BCB boss 
said. 

Papon however further informed that the Asia Cup squad will be the same as 
the World Cup squad but there is confusion in one spot just as the BCB is yet 
to know whether Tamim will be recovering from the injury fully before the 
cricket’s biggest extravaganza. 

“There is just one spot open. We still don’t know about Tamim Iqbal who is 
recovering from a back injury. We might trial one or two openers in the Asia 
Cup,” he said.

Tamim who stepped down from the captaincy because of the uncertainty around 
his fitness, has already been ruled out of the Asia Cup that starts on August 
30. But he is expected to be fit in time for the ODI series against New 
Zealand that starts on September 21 and the ODI World Cup that follows.

Tamim resignation came less than a month after he reversed his shocking 
decision to retire from the International cricket, which after 28 hours he 
changed following the meeting with f Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. 

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