Tamim to lead Bangladesh in Sri Lanka

After Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s exclusion, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has confirmed that Tamim Iqbal will lead the men in red and green against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka later this month.

Regular ODI captain Mashrafe pulled his hamstring once again on Friday evening, the injury which he had carried in Ireland tri-series and month-long World Cup. It was supposed to be his last away series as he told the media hours ago before injury.

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Mashrafe’s deputy Shakib Al Hasan was given rest for Sri Lanka tour. BCB went to Tamim for new leadership role only for this series. Test and T20I vice-captain Mahmudullah Riyad was not given the role. Mahmudullah was stand-in Test captain in home series against Zimbabwe last year and in New Zealand tour.

After passing a horror World Cup, having just scoring only one fifty in the tournament, Tamim is now set to be Bangladesh’s 14th ODI captain.

Tamim once captained Bangladesh in a Test match – against New Zealand in Christchurch in 2017. He was given the role as the then Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim got ruled out with head injury. In his only international match as a captain, Tamim made 5 and 8 in that match.

Injuries have hit Bangladesh campaign badly before the tour. Mohammad Saifuddin was ruled out with back injury. Farhad Reza and Taskin Ahmed have been brought in as replacements.

Tamim will debut as Bangladesh ODI skipper on 26th July at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The second an third ODIs will be played on July 28 and 31 at the same venue.

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