Shakib Al Hasan takes over as Bangladesh’s new ODI captain

Shakib Al Hasan has been selected as the new ODI captain for the Bangladesh national cricket team.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) made the announcement ahead of the Tigers’ Asia Cup and World Cup campaigns.

The all-rounder will replace Tamim Iqbal as the Bangladesh ODI skipper. 

BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon briefed the reporters about the decision at his residence in Dhaka. 

“We have appointed Shakib as the captain for Asia Cup and World Cup. The World Cup and Asia Cup squad will be announced tomorrow. The selectors will name a squad of 17 members,” he said.

Shakib Al Hasan’s first challenges as the new ODI captain

Shakib Al Hasan takes over as Bangladesh's new ODI captain

Shakib takes the reigns as Bangladesh faces a busy schedule. His first assignment will be the Asia Cup in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which starts later this month.

Bangladesh are set to take on New Zealand in an ODI series at home afterward. Shakib and company will travel to India after hosting the Black Caps for the World Cup. 

Shakib Al Hasan is no stranger to the captaincy role

Last year, Shakib began his third terms as Test and T20I captain, so now, he serves as the Bangladesh National Cricket Team captain in all three formats.

Shakib's leadership journey began in 2009, captaining Bangladesh in 49 ODIs until 2011, amassing 23 wins. It was not a permanent responsibility, however, as Shakib would deputize for the first-choice captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who was dealing with recurring injuries at that time. 

Shakib's captaincy responsibilities extended to three additional ODIs, where he took on the role of a substitute captain again in place of Mashrafe. He did not captain the Bangladesh side in ODIs since 2017. 

Why did Bangladesh appoint a new ODI captain?

The shift in leadership took place as Tamim Iqbal stepped aside from his position as Bangladesh's ODI captain due to uncertainties regarding his fitness during his back injury recovery.

While the opener won't be a part of Bangladesh’s Asia Cup squad, he hopes to regain fitness before the New Zealand series that is scheduled to begin on September 21.  

Less than a month after his change of heart about retiring from international cricket, Tamim stepped down as the ODI captain. After announcing his retirement on July 6, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged him to reconsider the very next afternoon.

Was Shakib Al Hasan the only candidate?

The BCB announced Shakib Al Hasan as the new candidate after holding talks with all three candidates.

According to reports, the 36-year-old was always BCB’s primary pick for the position, but Litton Das and Mehidy Hasan Miraz were also in contention. 

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