All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will captain Bangladesh in 2011, the country's cricket board, has confirmed, also installing opening batsman Tamim Iqbal as his vice-captain.
Shakib has captained the Tigers whenever fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza has been unavailable due to injury, which has been most of 2010 and all of the end of the 2009, when Shakib was able to lead Bangladesh to an historic overseas Test and One-Day International series win against the West Indies.
"The BCB wishes the two leading lights of Bangladesh cricket a very successful New Year and hopes their partnership would inspire the team to greater heights," a statement from the Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed.
Shakib will therefore lead the side during their World Cup campaign, which kicks off against India on 19th February in Dhaka. Bangladesh are co-hosting the tournament along with India and Sri Lanka.
Shakib, who has played 21 Tests, 102 One-Day Internationals and 14 Twenty20 Internationals, has captained his country on 45 occasions, winning 18 of those matches in all.
Left-handed opener Tamim enjoyed a fine year in 2010, memorably scoring two centuries in Test matches in England and leading the way at the top of the order as Bangladesh beat New Zealand and Zimbabwe in ODI series at home.
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