Bangladesh news December 31, 2010

Shakib retained as captain for 2011

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh allrounder, has been retained as captain of the national team for 2011. Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has been named his deputy, and both will face their first major assignment in the new year in the World Cup.

The Bangladesh captaincy has shuffled between Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib since the tour of West Indies in 2009 but Mortaza's knee injury has affected his prospects for the next year. Tamim, who returned to the line-up after a hand injury in Bangladesh's last ODI series against Zimbabwe, takes over from wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim as vice-captain.

The year 2010 was a mixed one for Bangladesh as they lost each of their seven Tests, but bounced back from a poor start in the ODIs to beat New Zealand 4-0 at home in October. They then followed that up with a 3-1 series win over Zimbabwe to end the year on a satisfactory note.

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  • ishtiaque on January 7, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Well done BCB. Sakib is the right choice. But don't select AshraFOOL.

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    2011 World Cup team for Bangladesh should be like this (in batting order) 1. Tamim 2. Imrul 3. Shahriar/junaed 4. Mushfiq 5. Shakib 6.alok/ashraful 7. mahmudullah 8. Shafiul 9. Rubel 10. Razzak 11. Mashrafee/ s.shuvo/ shahadat. total-15 If mashrafee is fit then he should play and bat at no.8 or whenever requires.. against India 3 pacers may work better. at no.4 Mushfiq can be real handy..he can work the ball here and there....this will be effective to take singles in middle over. alok or ashraful is experienced and can hit big and so one of them should be at no.6. they can bowl as part timer as well. Raqibul can not be a option this time...plz do forget him. it's obvious for world cup to pick the right team. i think only lick of this team is whether Mashrafee is fit or not....nOthing else.... keep going Bengal tigers...

  • Enamul on January 6, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Ofcourse not in the WC SQUAD byt why Arafat Sunny does not get a call to the national team ??? Since long time he is performing excellent in the domestic cricket.

  • wayne on January 4, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    Good decision for Shakib to retain the captaincy. He's the kind of player you want leading a side on the verge of brekaing through. I hope the vice-captaincy doesn't create any issues for Tamim, so much relies on him & Shakib - but why did they take the VC away from Mushfiqur? Maybe it's less to do with his performances and more acknowledging just how important Tamim is to Bangladesh' future. Reward for some brilliant performances in 2010, I think. Never ceases to amaze me how much the rest of the cricketing world underestimates Bangladesh - they're a young side, and while they're not yet world- beaters (everyone has to start somewhere), there is enough talent in the team to continue their development as a competitive side. They'll bloody a few noses in the world cup, that's for of luck boys!

  • Dummy4 on January 4, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    if sakib done some good win for BD team what i think that sakib would be the best one to lead world cup matches.

  • Dummy4 on January 3, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    I think BCB took right decision. I believe that Ashraful will not playing world cup. Sharer Nafess will be right choice for world cup beacuse he's doing well in Ghoroa cricket.

  • Dummy4 on January 3, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    @Deshi cricketfan & other Indian supporters.............So, what do u guys want? A bd team is is ready to be beaten by India..........?????Look its true we are not as strong as India because still we are developing and India probably the no. 1 team today, but it does not mean that they surely beat Bangladesh. Look at the history. Indian teams always broke under a tremendous expectation in the previous world cup tournaments, specially at their home grounds, didn't matter how strong or weak they were!!!@ bks123, how much teams came to the world cricket as champion??? I hate Indian and Aussi cricket board because of their arrogance. ICC should gain more power and free cricket from these two boards and people who like see ipl and 3 & 4 strong taems tournament and when their team lost, attacked their player's house...............should give up cricket watching and should concentrate on Rugby!!!

  • Azilur on January 2, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    Guys,,,,,watch out the first game. IND cannot afford to take BD lightly, if they do a little bit,,,,BANG BANG...BD strikes..! Got this feeling that BD is going to pull that game off....! Go TIGERS...GO...! All the best...Cheers..!

  • Ehsan on January 2, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    @DesiCricketfan ..........dude, please just don't give us any reason why India did not invite Bangladesh to play not even a one-dayer in last "ten years"! We have enough heard of it so, please just give us a break! To us, the reason is crystal clear! However, for our sake we are ready to play against India wherever it's possible. Then again, there is a limit right? If we are ready to shake your hands everytime then you should do the same at least once, I guess.

  • Ishtiaq on January 2, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    I think Sakib is the right person for the job. But for Tamim it's a bit too early. BD needs his natural aggression. New responsibility may effect his batting. Mushfiqur Rahim was the vice-captain and as he is still in the team, there was no point to put him down from job.

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