Bangladesh news July 3, 2013

BCB retains Mushfiqur as captain

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Mushfiqur Rahim has been retained as Bangladesh's captain, after he accepted the job following a discussion with BCB president Nazmul Hassan. The Bangladesh board handed Mushfiqur - who had resigned his post following Bangladesh's ODI series loss to Zimbabwe in May - the captaincy till December 31 this year, meaning he will be in charge till the home series against New Zealand that begins in October.

Mushfiqur, in the days following his resignation, had admitted to making a "mistake". The board had said they would conduct an investigation into the matter, but it was ultimately Mushfiqur's discussion with Hassan that produced the decision.

"The tenures of Mushfiqur Rahim and [vice-captain] Mahmudullah ended recently," the BCB's media committee chairman, Jalal Yunus, said. "Mushfiqur has talked to the president, there he agreed to lead Bangladesh. He and Mahmudullah have been given extension as captain and vice-captain till December 31, 2013."

The decision to keep Mushfiqur in the job, provided he agreed to it, was always a certainty, given that he had led Bangladesh to an ODI series win over West Indies last year, a Test win over Zimbabwe, drew a Test against Sri Lanka and also secured an ODI series draw against the same opponents. Mahmudullah remains his deputy despite a run of low scores in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

The captaincy issue was one of several discussion points during the BCB's ad-hoc executive committee's meeting on Wednesday, which lasted more than six hours. Another major decision to come out of the meeting was the confirmation of Shane Jurgensen as head coach till the 2015 World Cup. Jurgensen was made the interim coach last year, after Richard Pybus quit the job in October. He is considered to be a calming influence on the team.

Bangladesh's three-man selection panel will be in charge till September this year. The tenure of chief selector Akram Khan, Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar expired on June 30, but they will select the squad for the New Zealand series. ESPNcricinfo has learned that the selection panel is unlikely to change even after September. The board's cricket operations committee did not propose an expansion of the selection panel to a five-member committee, as they had talked about doing recently.

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

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  • Crikoot on July 7, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Its OK Mushfiq is back as captain but he must stop talking too much in the field - its really annoying and against the tradition of cricket. He can show signals to fielders where to go. Praising bowlers for all the good balls is also not needed. He can learn from Mat, MS and Sanga. He misses lot of good catches and he need to reduce the numbers. Because of his height, his diving ability is also limited and miss lot of catching opportunities which other keepers would have caught. Bangladesh need world class wicket keeper and more tall players.

  • bdsmaruf on July 4, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    its a good decision to keep mushi as captain. he is msd for bd team.

  • Rafelgibt on July 4, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    As i said before Mr. Nazmul Hassan Papon is the perfectly right man to run BCB and he proves me right every time.He has solved all the problems regarding Captaincy of BAN team,Time duration of National Coach and the selection committee,BCB election,starting date of Dhaka league, clearing all the dues of BPL 2 franchises- all in a single meeting.Such a skillful and committed person towards BAN cricket.Hope you would win the election and continue your best tasks as always.Well done Sir and keep it up your good fluent stroke play..........

  • dummy4fb on July 3, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    i dont understand how come he says mahmudullah didnt get a run against zimbabwe , while i see he had all the good innings against zimbabwe on odis and t20

  • Extraz on July 3, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Good move by BCB, rahim is the man to lead BD...best wishes to him and BD team from Pak.

  • dummy4fb on July 3, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    May be this good decision .......

  • dummy4fb on July 3, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    I believe this is a good decision. Mushfiq is the right man to lead Bangladesh right now. He has enjoyed reasonable success by leading his team to the Final of the Asia Cup 2012 and a series win against the Windies. His attitude is positive and the players look up to him so he's the right man for the job, if you ask me.

  • dummy4fb on July 3, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    welcome back Mushi !!! it's been really wonderful to see you leading from the front

  • CricketChat on July 3, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Right decision under the circumstances. Mushfiqur can improve his chances as a leader if he can perform a little better as a batsman. He is the key to hold middle/late order batting when the top order fails (which is often). Shakib should bat at 4 in pretty much all formats.