Didn’t want it this way but excited: Mahmudullah

Mahmudullah Riyad is set to become Bangladesh’s tenth Test captain on Wednesday in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Chittagong. The cool-headed stand-in captain is excited for his new duty.

Didn't want it this way but excited: Mahmudullah

Mahmudullah was appointed vice-captain of Test team alongside Shakib Al Hasan as captain. With Shakib being ruled out of the first Test due to finger injury, Mahmudullah has been named captain for the first Test.

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Speaking to media on Tuesday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium, Mahmudullah admitted that he did not want to get captaincy in this way but nonetheless he is excited.

“I didn’t want it this way of course. Shakib is a very important player. It’s a big disaster to lose such a top-class player like him. But every cricketer has the dream of leading his country. In that perspective, I’m definitely excited,” he said.

The veteran is fully committed to his new job, “I will not give away anything when I will be in my duty. I will support my team anyhow by all aspects. Whether in a strict fashion or giving inspiration. The main thing is, this is Bangladesh cricket. It’s our responsibility to deliver the goods to Bangladesh team.”

Mahmudullah is widely known for his coolness in his game. He has shown that in BPL and other domestic leagues too. Now he is looking forward to take decisions with calmness for the national team.

“Taking decisions on-field is one of the biggest tasks for a captain. If you don’t keep your head cool, things can go here and there while it’s easy when you stay cool. I always do this even doing captaincy in domestic cricket. I think this helps in taking decisions,” he added.


-Ruffin, Correspondent,

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