Wednesday 8 May 2013 

Mushfiqur Resigns Bangladesh Captaincy After Defeat

Mushfiqur Resigns Bangladesh Captaincy After Defeat
Mushfiqur Resigns Bangladesh Captaincy After Defeat
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Mushfiqur Rahim has announced he will stand down as Bangladesh captain, just hours after his side lost their One-Day International series in Zimbabwe by two games to one.

Rahim, 24, took over the captaincy in September 2011, replacing Shakib Al Hasan, subsequently leading the team to a first ever Test draw against Sri Lanka and an ODI series win against the West Indies.

However, he has led the team to just one Test win - against Zimbabwe earlier in the tour - as well as seven ODIs and five Twenty20 Internationals since his appointment.

"This is probably my last tour as captain," Rafiq said shortly after the seven-wicket defeat in Bulawayo condemned them to a series loss.

"I will resign once we get back to Dhaka. The reason is the way we lost the games and at the same time I failed to perform. I think I failed to lead my team, so the two T20 matches will be my last as captain."

The two Twenty20 Internationals will be played on 11th and 12th May, also in Bulawayo.

With former captains Shakib, Mohammad Ashraful and Mashrafe Mortaza all either in or on the fringes of the national squad, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) face a choice between handing the job back to a previous incumbent, or appointing vice-captain Mahmudullah to the role.

More experienced players such as Tamim Iqbal or Abdur Razzak could also emerge as outside contenders.

© Cricket World 2013

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