Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2013-14 February 8, 2014

Mortaza to lead Bangladesh in T20s


Mashrafe Mortaza has been named Bangladesh's captain for the two Twenty20s against Sri Lanka. He will lead in place of Mushfiqur Rahim, who sustained a finger injury during the second Test.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan spoke to a few directors of the board from Singapore to come to the decision. Tamim Iqbal will continue as vice-captain, and although he was expected to be promoted, Mashrafe's seniority and experience as captain counted in his favour.

Mashrafe led the team in a single Test match, in 2009, during which he got injured while bowling. After recovering, he captained in seven ODIs in 2010 after which he got injured again, and Shakib Al Hasan took over from 2011.

Both Twenty20s will be held at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, on February 12 and 14. Mushfiqur is expected to return for the three-match ODI series, which begins on February 17, and his injury on his left little finger will be monitored on a daily basis.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Amir on February 11, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    The optimist in me wants to believe that BD will win the ODI series 2-1 but realist in me says that SL will win it 2-1. T20 is a crap shoot. No prediction there. I do want a good competitive series with sportsmanship. Go Tigers!

  • ranjana on February 9, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    It is time for see previous records and how both teams have performed in the limited over tournaments. As far as the T20 concerned BAN is still in the early stages of the is type. BAN have shown success rate of 100% only against Ireland but in contrast SRI have shown 100% success rate against 6 nations and more than 75% success rate against AUS, ENG and WI. Cricket is very funny game and T20s are even funnier. All in all my conclusion is the series will be belong to SRI by far but it will be good fight because BAN is a very good upcoming team for limited over cricket.

  • Nasim on February 9, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    and Shamsur too... anyway you get the point...

  • Nasim on February 9, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Oops! Forgot to mention Mominul in the 'Both' list.

  • Nasim on February 9, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Agree with Warm_Coffee. It's time to select different test and limited over teams and create pools of specialized test/T20 players. For the near future -

    T20/ODI pool: Tamim, Anamul, Kayes, Mithun, Sabbir, Mukhtar, Taijul, Arafat, Elias, Razzak, Taskin, Mashrafe, Rubel

    Test pool: Marshall, Naeem, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Enamul Jnr., Suhrawardi, Farhad, Robiul, Nazmul

    Both: Mushfiq, Shakib, Nasir, Zia, Al-Amin

  • Shoaib on February 9, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Biggest mistake for Bangladesh in T20 is picking some players who perform in longer forms to its shortest form. The fact of the matter is some players are suited for tests, others for T20s and so on. I think Bangladesh's T20 batting is fine but its the bowling which damages us. My 11 for this T20 series and tournament would be like this:- Tamim, Shamsur, Anamul, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Sabbir, Mithun, Rahman, Razzak and Al-Amin.

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    But he is not a t20 player. Nasir would have been perfect.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on February 9, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    My best 11 would be- 1. Anamul Haque 2. Shamsur Rahman 3. Shakib Al Hasan 4. Mithun Ali 5. Nasir Hossain 6. Sabbir Rahman 7. Forhad Reza 8. Shohag Gazi 9. Mashrafee Mortaza 10. Arafat Sunny 11. Al Amin Hossain

  • Chris on February 9, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    He's not a T20 bowler.His predictability could be the difference.

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    To all our friends in Bangladesh........ please don't turn in to another India while commenting...... SL are the no.1 ranked side in T20s and have got a higher rank in ODIs as well.But still we hope good competitive cricket.datz y we deserve to on such position. don't think Bangladesh will win the series comprehensively or will give us a defeat in ODIs.just wait till what will happen.Good luck.!

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