Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President had said last month that they could appoint a replacement ODI captain with the 2023 ICC World Cup in mind, and conjectures surrounding who the new leader would be strengthened after Mashrafe Bin Mortaza announced that the third and final ODI in contradiction of Zimbabwe on Friday would be his last as captain.
Bangladesh’s most successful ODI captain, Mashrafe had also advised that the BCB should appoint the new captain on a long-term basis since it might help the side and thus the new captain to require Bangladesh additional within the pending days.
There were rumors, however, that the BCB may select a short-term captain in ODIs and Hassan, after a committee meeting yesterday, called Tamim Iqbal because of the new ODI captain of the Tigers.
Although Hassan didn’t disclose any time-frame for Tamim’s captaincy tenure, he did reference that the left-handed opener has been chosen for the long run.
The option of a short-term captain was too on the table, and it had continued learned that the board was expecting Shakib Al Hasan, who will make a return to global cricket from October 29 this year after portion out a ban for not reporting corrupt approaches from a bookie.
But there have been also sentiments against employing Shakib as becoming the new skipper right after coming back from a ban would create an incorrect impression for the team.
“Yes, we considered employing the ODI captain for the short-range and was imagined to name a long-term captain next year. But we’ve decided in today’s [Sunday’s] board meeting to make Tamim captain for the longer term . We aren’t rational of the short-term,” Hassan told reporters at the BCB H.Q. yesterday.
Tamim had before been the vice-captain on a spread of times and was even aloof from his post later. The 30-year-old had led Bangladesh within the three-match ODI series in Sri Lanka in August previous year when even skipper Mashrafe was injured at the eleventh hour.
He also captained Bangladesh in Tests in 2017 against New Zealand in Christchurch, becoming the ninth Test captain for the Tigers after then skipper Mushfiqur Rahim got injured before the sport.
The cricketer from Chattogram, however, wasn’t absorbed to steer the side within the past, mainly because he thought the added responsibility might pannier his batting.
“This could also be a huge integrity on behalf of me. I thank the BCB for gullible me with this responsibility. I’m aware that I even have enormous shoes to fill as Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been really great for Bangladesh cricket and a model of motivation as captain on behalf of me and each one the cricketers.
“The journey that starts now will have its ups and downs. We all poverty the Bangladesh ODI team to understand success and once we are winning it is a celebration for the entire nation. I hope the board, the fans and thus the television will support me through the tough moments also as during the good times,” Tamim was quoted as saying during a bonus issued by the BCB yesterday.