Mashrafe Mortaza to lead Bangladesh in tri-series
Mashrafe Mortaza has been named as Bangladesh captain for next month's home tri-series featuring Sri Lanka and India. The BCB's board of directors, who convened in Mirpur today, said the fast bowler would also lead the side during the home Test series against India which follows.
Mortaza, who picked up an injury in the West Indies soon after taking over as captain from Mohammad Ashraful, missed the home ODIs against Zimbabwe in October-November after failing to recover in time from a knee surgery. Shakib Al Hasan, who led the team in his absence, has been named as vice-captain.
"A selection from the 26-member squad of the preliminary national team camp will play a practice one-day match against Mohammedan Sporting Club at the Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday, December 26, 2009," a release from the BCB said.
The tri-series begins in Dhaka on January 4 and will be followed by two Tests against India at Chittagong (January 17-21) and Dhaka (January 24-28).
The contracts of 13 national team players have also been renewed till November 30 next year. These include Mortaza, Shakib, Ashraful, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Syed Rasel, Junaid Siddique, Mehrab Hossain jnr, Raqibul Hasan, Mahmudullah and Enamul Haque jnr. The fresh contract will be effective from December 1, 2009.
It was also decided that the IPL franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders, of which Mortaza is a part, will be playing three exhibition Twenty20 matches against a select BCB team between February 1-5 next year.
The board also informed that a fresh process would be initiated soon for the recruitment of the BCB CEO.