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Bangladesh announce Shakib Al Hasan as new Test captain

Shakib Al Hasan (right) will take in charge of Bangladesh Test side
Shakib Al Hasan (right) will take in charge of Bangladesh Test side

Bangladesh have announced veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as the new captain of the Test team.

The 30-year-old will take over the reins from Mushfiqur Rahim, who endured a tough time during the tour of South Africa where Bangladesh lost both the games.

Shakib had previously led the team in nine Tests between 2009 and 2011 and was recently appointed as the skipper of the Twenty20 International team as well.

Meanwhile, Mahmudullah will take over the vice-captaincy of the Test side from Tamim Iqbal, who will continue to remain as the deputy in the shorter format and Mashrafe Mortaza has retained his captaincy of the One-Day International side.

“We have decided to change the test captain. Shakib will be our new test skipper from the upcoming series and Mahmudullah will be the vice-captain of the side,” BCB president Nazmul Hasan told reporters on Sunday.

It was during the South Africa Test series, Shakib had requested for a break which was granted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board that did not go well with the head coach Chandika Hathurusingha as he resigned from his post in October.

Shakib has overall played 51 Tests for Bangladesh in which he has scored 3594 runs while snaring 188 wickets as well.

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