India tour of Bangladesh, 2007 April 30, 2007

Ashraful appointed vice-captain

Cricinfo staff

Mohammad Ashraful's elevation to the vice-captaincy, amid speculation over Habibul Bashar's future, may be a statement of intent © AFP

Mohammad Ashraful is the new Bangladesh vice-captain in an expected 14-man squad for the one-day series against India this month. Habibul Bashar kept his place as captain, even though it was reported that he would retire after the World Cup, as the Bangladesh Cricket Board retained 14 of the 15 players that toured the Caribbean recently. Only Rajin Saleh, who didn't play a game during the tournament, missed out.

The Daily Star, a Dhaka-based newspaper, said that Bashar, 34, was likely to retire after the series against India. Faruque Ahmed, the chief selector, had hinted that the selection committee was unlikely to make any changes, and added that the Test side would be announced during the three-match ODI contest.

Bangladesh played their last Test in April last year against Australia at home.

Bangladesh ODI squad:
Habibul Bashar (capt), Mohammad Ashraful (vice-capt), Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mashrafe Mortaza, Syed Rasel, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Mohammad Rafique, Farhad Reza.