Khaled Mahmud asks BCB to rethink Shakib as captain
Khaled Mahmud believes the captaincy should be handed over to someone else if Shakib Al Hasan isn’t willing to take up the role.
Bangladesh cricket are currently passing a tough phase and it started right after the World Cup. They were white-washed in Sri Lanka by the hosts and then went onto lose their first-ever Test against Afghanistan. The start of the T20I tri-nation series was also almost a bitter one, but youngster Afif Hossain saved the day.
With so many problems all around, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) need also to think about Shakib’s statement which includes his unwillingness to lead the team, believes Khaled Mahmud, the director and the chairman of the BCB’s game development committee.
“Shakib is one of our best captains and there is no question over his cricket knowledge. But if Shakib himself doesn’t want captaincy or is not enjoying the role then obviously there is a big question mark. I have heard what Shakib said, that it would be better for his performance if he doesn’t lead the side.”
“We also want his performances as he had single-handedly guided Bangladesh in the World Cup and if he survives, he can give us something, he said.
The former Bangladesh all-rounder also disagreed to believe that the current team doesn’t have any player except Shakib to lead the team.
“You can say we don’t have a captain but I don’t believe that. How do you know that we don’t have a captain? You have to give someone the responsibility and wait and see whether he stays or not. There are eleven players in the national team. You ask them and try it out in three different formats. If Shakib doesn’t want to do it considering the betterment of his performances, then the BCB should definitely think about it,” he concluded.