Bangladesh Cricket Board appoints Shakib Al Hasan as ODI captain for Asia Cup and World Cup, filling the void left by Tamim Iqbal’s resignation. Long-term leadership discussions ongoing.
In a significant announcement, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan confirmed on Friday (August 11) that star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will lead the national team as the ODI captain during the upcoming Asia Cup and World Cup. This decision comes in the wake of the vacancy left by Tamim Iqbal, who stepped down from the captaincy on August 3.
“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 pick a squad of 17 members,” stated Nazmul during a press briefing at his residence.
Despite speculations about Shakib’s potential captaincy across all formats until the World Cup, Nazmul indicated that discussions on his long-term leadership role are still pending. He emphasized, “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.”
Shakib, who currently holds the Test and T20I captaincy, will assume the ODI leadership with immediate effect as the team prepares for the upcoming global tournaments. Nazmul acknowledged Shakib’s dedication to the sport, praising his commitment over the past year.
While Litton Das will continue to serve as the vice-captain and take charge in Shakib’s absence, Nazmul clarified that decisions regarding long-term captaincy are on hold. He mentioned, “If Shakib al Hasan doesn’t play (for any reason), the vice-captain Liton will lead the side.”
Shakib, 36, has prior experience as Bangladesh’s ODI captain, having led the team during the 2011 World Cup. The delay in announcing the squad for the forthcoming tournaments was attributed to the uncertainty around the captaincy. Nazmul elaborated, “The problem was that unless there is a captain and without consulting with the captain it is difficult to name the squad.”
The cricketing fraternity eagerly anticipates the forthcoming announcement of the Asia Cup and World Cup squads, with Bangladesh’s strategy under Shakib’s captaincy poised to take center stage in these international events.