Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been confirmed as the new Twenty20 International skipper of the team as confirmed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
The decision comes after regular skipper Mashrafe Mortaza announced his decision to retire from the shortest format following the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka.
The 30-year-old has featured in 59 T20Is for Bangladesh in which he has scored 1208 runs at an average close to 24 while snaring 70 wickets at an economy of under seven in it.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan confirmed the news in Mirpur and said the decision was a straightforward one.
"There were other names that we considered but Shakib's form and ability in T20s is outstanding so he was almost chosen by default," said Nazmul.
Shakib is also an integral part of various T20 leagues around the world including Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League and Bangladesh Premier League.
Bangladesh are currently placed 10th in the International Cricket Council Rankings for T20Is with 74 rating points from 30 matches and had a disappointing outing in the 2016 World T20 where they lost all their four games.
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