Papon wants Mahmudullah as captain in Shakib’s absence

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to announce who would take the captaincy role for Bangladesh Test and T20 sides in the absence of regular captain Shakib Al Hasan.

Papon wants Mahmudullah as captain in Shakib's absence
Mahmudullah earns Papon’s vote of confidence.

However, BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon has hinted at putting the responsibility on Mahmudullah Riyad’s shoulder once again, just like January earlier this year.

When Shakib had sustained an injury in the final of the tri-nation series against Sri Lanka in January, BCB found a temporary solution in Mahmudullah. And it is almost certain from the BCB boss’s words that the board might be going towards the same direction for the two impending series against Zimbabwe and Windies.

While talking to the media Thursday in the Dhaka Club, Papon said, “Shakib is the captain (Test and T20), and we have his deputy in Mahmudullah. Quite naturally, in absence of the captain, the vice-captain is supposed to lead the team. This is the rule and has been the tradition for a long time.

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“Now if we appoint a new captain for the time being, will we remove him once Shakib is fit and back again? Bringing a new captain and removing another doesn’t look good. I think Mahmudullah should take the captaicy baton until Shakib is fully fit.”

Meanwhile, BCB has already declared the 15-member Bangladesh squad for the ODIs against Zimbabwe, with Mashrafe Bin Mortaza remaining to take charge of the side. There is a new face in the team as the all-rounder Fazle Mahmub Rabbi got his maiden national team call.

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