Bangladesh news September 20, 2011

Mushfiqur Rahim named Bangladesh captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim has been named the Bangladesh captain for the home series against West Indies and Pakistan in October and December. Mahmudullah, the allrounder, has been appointed vice-captain by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

"This is the ultimate honour for any cricketer. I thank the board for entrusting me with this responsibility," Mushfiqur said. "I am fully aware of the expectations of the entire nation and I will be totally committed towards ensuring that the Bangladesh team strives towards fulfilling the dream of millions.

"To lead the team well, I will have to perform both off and on the field. At this moment we are trying to set our mind on the West Indies series, the preparation is going on and we still have a month left."

Bangladesh were left without a captain and vice-captain after the board had sacked Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal from the positions after a disappointing tour of Zimbabwe, where they lost the one-off Test as well as the ODI series. The BCB said that Shakib and Tamim had been axed because "their leadership was not satisfactory" and there were reports of indiscipline as well during the Zimbabwe series.

"In Zimbabwe only one or two of our players performed while the whole team was missing its rhythm," Mushfiqur said. "My target will be to lead the team so that we come out with a result that is achieved through team performance."

Mushfiqur was the favourite to succeed Shakib as captain since he was one of few Bangladesh players who command a spot in the XI in all formats of the game. He also led the Bangladesh team during the BCB Cup, while Mahmudullah led the Bangladesh A side.

Preliminary squad for West Indies series: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah (vc), Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Mohammad Ashraful, Junaid Siddique, Shakib Al Hasan, Alok Kopali, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Nasir Hossain, Naeem Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Shuvogoto Hom, Shurawadi Shuvo, Raqibul Hassan, Syed Rasel, Robiul Islam, Mohammad Elias, Sahagir Hossain.

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  • Tim on September 22, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Bangladesh still aren't there yet, many pieces are still missing, but look at the ages of all these players. They have time on their side to get their act together, in 3-5 years though they need to be competing to move up the rankings in ODI's and tests. And not just to no. 8, they need to be 4-6 at their best with this generation

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    ted by MASHURUL_RIAZ on (September 21 2011, 04:39 AM GMT) My best 11 for T20: 1) Tamim 2)Ash 3) Naeem 4) Kapali 5) Mushfiq 6) Sakib 7) Riad 8) Nasir 9) Razzaq 10) Rasell 11) Rubel Odi:1) Tamim 2) Nafis 3) Ash 4) Naeem 5) Mushfiq 6) Sakib 7) Riad 8) Kapali 9) Razzaq 10) Shafiul 11) Rubel Test:1) Tamim 2) Imrul 3) Junayed 4) Ash 5) Mushfiq 6) Sakib 7) Riad 8) Razzaq 9) Shahadat 10) Shafiul 11) Rubel

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    @mrgupta...........yeah INDIA won over australia and england when these two team had lack of quality 50's and 60's was the bad time 4 world cricket...........the then Australia and England side's standard was not so high rather their standard is that time win was comparatively much easier than present.....If INDIA get test status now they would face same problem like BD facing.

  • Ahsan on September 21, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    I always hate when a captain gets sacking after losing, hoping Mushfiqur's captaincy won't end this way. Ameen

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    mushfiq has quality and a good cricketing brain...hope he will lead the team nicely .most importantly he has to perform regularly and play good as of luck...

  • anil on September 21, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Good move by BCB but they gotta be concentrating on cricket now.. Mushfiq is a good choice snce he is reliable with bat and being a keeper reads the game well enough. He needs to ensure that he plays higher up the order in Tests n ODIs since he looks like only player in bangla sqaud who could accumulate runs for team and if Tamim, Ashraful and shakib play as they always do with mushfiq playing throughout the inning they can do wonders.. Fingers Crossed n best of luck

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    not bad, but Shakib was the best, any way all the best to mushfiq & mahmudullah...........

  • Richard on September 21, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    @smudgeon-Yep, I like the little fellow too, and would also like to see Mahmudullah bowl more as well. And to all those people spamming anti-BD stuff here, how about giving it a rest eh? You guys are really sounding like a broken record. Your constant harassment of BD in these articles tells us much more about your character than about their cricket.

  • Md Mijanur on September 21, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Let's wait and see whether these new leaders can lead to avoid a white wash by West Indies. Anyway, Mahmudullah will be able to bowl as a full bowler and show his quality as an allrounder.

  • james on September 21, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    Best of Luck of luck BD.....v r keeping our fingers crossed

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