Bangladesh‘s star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has reportedly been appointed as their captain in the longest format of the game. This happened shortly after Mominul Haque announced his decision to resign from the role to focus on his batting. According to a report by Cricbuzz, Liton Das has been named as the vice-captain as well.
To note, Mominul was chosen captain in 2019 following Shakib’s suspension from Cricket’s Governing Body for failing to report corruption charges. Mominul led his team to three Test triumphs, including the historic one in New Zealand, two draws, and 12 defeats in 17 matches throughout his tenure.
“I feel it is not right for me to do captaincy at the moment, because what I feel is that if I can concentrate on my batting, it will be good for me as well as for the team,” Mominul had told the reporters.
Shakib has previously served as Test captain twice, winning three and eleven games, respectively. When Mashrafe Mortaza got injured in the West Indies in 2009, he was named Test captain for the first time. In 2017, he took over as captain, succeeding Mushfiqur Rahim.
BCB President on Shakib Al Hasan as the captain
However, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to issue an official statement on the same. Speaking to Cricbuzz, BCB President Nazmul Hasan earlier said that Al Hasan will have to be available for all the games if he does take over the captaincy.
“Shakib can be a skipper in any format. But we need to know whether he will play or not (Test cricket regularly). If he says that he won’t go or choose a format then it will be a problem. Shakib was our skipper and there is no doubt about his captaincy. But we also need to be sure about his availability,” he said.
“He cannot make last-minute decisions about his availability when he is the captain. We have to discuss it with him first. We cannot make someone a captain on a whim and so have to take a well-thought-out decision,” he further added.