Shakib Al Hasan: Bangladesh’s New Captain for ODI

Bangladesh Cricket: Shakib's Captaincy Confirmed.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) recently unveiled Shakib Al Hasan as the leader for the national side in the upcoming Asia Cup and World Cup. This move has repositioned Shakib at the forefront of the team’s leadership.

New Leadership Era

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Taking the Mantle

Shakib’s appointment comes in the wake of Tamim Iqbal’s resignation as captain on August 3. Subsequently, there was much speculation regarding the next leader, with Litton Das and Mehidy Hasan being other notable contenders. However, Shakib, with his seasoned expertise and leadership skills, emerged as the top choice.

“We have appointed Shakib as the captain for Asia Cup and World Cup. The selectors will pick a squad of 17 members,” said Nazmul Hasan, BCB President.

Uncertainties and Decisions

Previously, the BCB had hesitated in confirming Shakib’s role, pending clarity on his availability. Now, at 36, Shakib takes over the captaincy reins to guide Bangladesh in these two prestigious global tournaments. Yet, Nazmul revealed that there’s still uncertainty regarding Shakib’s permanent role as captain across all formats.

“Leading three formats might be pressure for him so we have to talk with him because without doing that it is difficult to say anything,” remarked Nazmul.

Upcoming Squad Announcements

The next step for BCB is to announce the team that will participate in these tournaments. While the BCB President did not commit to a specific date, he hinted that the announcement is imminent.

A challenge faced by the selection panel was to finalize the squad without the captain’s insights. But with Shakib’s appointment settled, the process should now proceed more smoothly.

“The selectors make a big squad and later take inputs of coach and captain but the problem was that they could not speak with the captain till now,” stated Nazmul.

New Faces and Roles

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Emerging Talents of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s Fresh Talent

In a surprising move, Bangladesh has added two new faces to its squad for the Asia Cup. Tanzid Tamim, after impressing in the Emerging Asia Cup, has earned his spot. The young batter, Shamim Patowary, who has previously represented Bangladesh in T20Is, also makes the cut for the ODI team. Additionally, the inclusion of Mahedi Hasan is noteworthy.

Opening Debates

Tanzid’s inclusion seems strategic, considering the unavailability of Tamim Iqbal. As per BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin:

“The selection panel is very confident in Tanzid Tamim… and we are expecting him to deliver for the country.”

Furthermore, discussions revolved around the potential of Mohammad Naim as an opener, while Rony Talukdar missed out.

The Spin Dilemma

Spin has traditionally been Bangladesh’s strength. In a significant decision, the team had to choose between Nasum Ahmed and Taijul Islam. Based on the conditions expected in Sri Lanka and Pakistan during the Asia Cup, Nasum was preferred.

“Taijul is an attacking spinner while Nasum is a defensive spinner… a defensive bowler is very important and that is the reason we included Nasum,” explained the chief selector.

Speculations on Veteran Players

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Mahmudullah’s Future

The absence of Mahmudullah, a seasoned campaigner, from the Asia Cup squad raised eyebrows. However, the 37-year-old’s exclusion might be part of a broader strategy. Minhajul Abedin commented on this, stating:

“We discussed about Asia Cup and the team management gave a plan regarding playing an extra spinner for pacer and taking those things into consideration we have taken this decision.”

Yet, this does not necessarily end Mahmudullah’s World Cup dreams. The final decision will be revealed when the World Cup squad is announced.

Bangladesh’s Squad for Asia Cup

Player NameRole
Shakib Al Hasan (c)All-rounder
Litton DasWicketkeeper-batsman
Tanzid TamimBatsman
Najmul Hossain ShantoBatsman
Towhid HridoyBatsman
Mushfiqur RahimWicketkeeper-batsman
Mehidy Hasan MirazAll-rounder
Taskin AhmedFast bowler
Mustafizur RahmanFast bowler
Hasan MahmudMedium-fast bowler
Sheikh MahediAll-rounder
Nasum AhmedSpinner
Shamim HossainAll-rounder
Afif HossainAll-rounder
Shoriful IslamFast bowler
Ebadot HossainFast bowler
Mohammad NaimBatsman

This table captures the essence of the Bangladesh squad, showcasing a blend of youth and experience, aiming to leave a mark in the upcoming Asia Cup.

General Sport Observer Marc Defaou
reviewed by: Marc Defaou (Sport Expert)

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