The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has reacted to Bangladesh's disappointing recent tour of Zimbabwe by sacking Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal as captain and vice-captain respectively.
Bangladesh, ranked above Zimbabwe in both Test and One-Day International cricket, lost a one-off Test by 130 runs and then a five-match ODI series 3-2.
Shakib took over the captaincy from Mashrafe Mortaza when the fast bowler suffered knee injuries in 2009, leading the side to landmark Test and ODI series wins in the Caribbean against under-strength West Indies teams.
He was appointed as captain on a full-time basis in December 2010, when hard-hitting left-hand batsman Tamim was appointed as his deputy.
Shakib also led Bangladesh to ODI series wins against New Zealand and Zimbabwe at home and both players enjoyed spells in county cricket with Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire respectively while not on national duty in 2011.
No successors to the pair have yet been named, although wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim would appear to be a front-runner to replace Shakib as captain.
Bangladesh are next in action when they host the West Indies in October and Pakistan in December.
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