All rounder cricketer Shakib Al Hasan has been confirmed as Bangladesh T20I captain. Nazmul Hassan, who is the President of BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board), on Saturday (22nd April) officially announced that the left handed spinner-batsman will be leading the national team in T20 cricket.
The move to appoint Shakib as the captain of Bangladesh team for T20 tournament came after the retirement of Mashrafe Mortaza. Mortaza announced his retirement from the fastest format of cricket earlier this month. “There were other names that we considered but Shakib’s form and ability in T20s is outstanding so he was almost chosen by default,” Hassan said while talking to media about the same in Mirpur.
This won’t be the first time for Shakib to captain national team in T20 cricket series. Shakib has previously captained Bangladesh team in 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately, the team lost all four T20 matches played during that period. His appointment as a skipper of the team has come as a new opportunity for him to prove his captaincy skills once again in the shortest format of cricket.
Shakib is presently busy playing Indian Premier League 2017. He is a main player in Kolkata Knight Riders team. Shakib will take charges as the captain of his national team soon after returning to his country after this ongoing cricket tournament of IPL.