Monday 29, May 2023

Shakib becomes captain for T20

News Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board on Saturday appointed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as the T20I captain till the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia from October 16 to November 13 this year.

The star all-rounder will also lead the Tigers in the Asia Cup, scheduled to begin in the UAE on August 27.

Shakib, who recently sorted out everything with the board after backing out from his deal with Betwinner News, sat with the BCB president Nazmul Hasan at his residence on Sunday for a closed door meeting hours after arriving from the USA.

Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud, chief selector Minhajul Abedin and his selection panel member Habibul Bashar joined the meeting afterwards along with BCB’s cricket operation chairman Jalal Yunus and a couple of other board directors.

'Shakib al Hasan is the captain till the forthcoming ICC T20 World Cup,' Jalal told reporters after the meeting.

'He admitted that he made a mistake [signing the deal with Betwinner News] and for that he apologised and pledged that he won't make such mistake in future. So we kept faith on him as he is our star cricketer.’

Shakib has been in the role before, having filled in as the stand-in T20I skipper in 2009-10 when he led the side in four games.

Before being suspended by ICC for failing to report corrupt approaches, Shakib was the T20I skipper following the retirement of Mashrafe bin Mortaza from the format.

During this second stint which lasted from 2017 to 2019, he led the team on 17 occasions, and Bangladesh won seven matches out of 21 games under his leadership.


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