Tamim named new ODI captain

After the end of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s successful stint as Bangladesh captain, BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) has announced Tamim Iqbal as the new ODI captain.

Mashrafe played his last ODI as captain in Sylhet against Zimbabwe on Friday when his side clinched a 3-0 sweep in the series. The victory was Mashrafe’s 50th as captain in ODIs.

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Shakib Al Hasan was Mashrafe’s deputy but an ICC suspension has kept him out of all professional cricket. BCB had to search for new skipper with Mashrafe slowly reaching the end of his career.

On Sunday evening, BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon unveiled the new ODI captain’s name after a board meeting. Tamim, an experienced left-handed opener, will be leading the Tigers in their favourite format. Although Nazmul made clear to the media that Tamim had been appointed as a regular captain, ruling out opportunities of reappointing Shakib if his ban ends October this year.

“We had a plan to change the captain again next year. But that’s not in the plans at the moment. The board has picked Tamim as the (ODI) captain without any time limitations. We want him to lead for a long time,” Nazmul told the media.

Tamim’s first assignment as regular captain is next month when Bangladesh will meet Pakistan in a one-off ODI in Karachi on the 1st April. After this match Bangladesh’s next ODI encounter is scheduled against Ireland. The three ODIs in Ireland are a part of ICC’s new Cricket World Cup League, a qualification pathway competition towards 2023 CWC in India.

Tamim had previously captained Bangladesh in Sri Lanka last year where they were thrashed 0-3 just after the World Cup.

The decision on vice-captain will be taken at the next board meeting.

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