Shakib returns as Bangladesh captain to replace Mushfiqur

By Christopher Devine 10 December 2017 143
Shakib returns as Bangladesh captain to replace Mushfiqur

Shakib Al Hasan has been named Bangladesh's Test captain for a second time, replacing the man who succeeded him as skipper six years ago, Mushfiqur Rahim.

All-rounder Shakib led Bangladesh in the longest format from 2009 to 2011 before being axed in the wake of a disappointing tour of Zimbabwe.

He will now reclaim the role of captain when his country face Sri Lanka next month, his promotion confirmed in a media release from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Sunday.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan was quoted by ESPNCricinfo as saying: "We can't really talk about the exact reason for changing the captaincy. We now want Mushfiqur to focus on his batting and remain pressure-free."

Hassan also commented on Bangladesh's continued search for a new head coach, after Chandika Hathurusingha left to take charge of Sri Lanka.

"Two other coaches have contacted us so we will talk to them in the coming days," said Hassan.

"We are waiting for someone who is currently working in the Big Bash League and will probably not be available until February."

The BCB are reported to have already interviewed Richard Pybus and Phil Simmons.

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