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Mashrafe Mortaza Takes On ODI Captaincy

Mashrafe Mortaza batting during the ICC Wt20
Mashrafe Mortaza has been handed the ODI captaincy ahead of Zimbabwe's arrival in Bangladesh
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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed Mashrafe Mortaza as One-Day International captain ahead of Bangladesh hosting Zimbabwe.

Following a disappointing tour of the West Indies, where Bangladesh were comprehensively beaten in three ODIs and two Tests, Mushfiqur Rahim has been relieved of the ODI captaincy.

However, the wicket-keeper has been retained as Test skipper.

Mortaza was previously appointed national captain in 2009 before losing his place in the side due to injury and eventually being succeeded by Shakib Al Hasan.

Shakib remained captain until 2011, when Rahim took over and now the BCB have decided to split the captaincy.

Shakib has been named Mortaza's vice-captain for the ODI series with Tamim Iqbal appointed Rahim's vice-captain in Tests.

Bangladesh play Zimbabwe in three Tests and five ODIs, the first Test beginning in Mirpur on 25th October.

The home side have not won in international cricket since beating Nepal in the qualifying stage of the ICC World Twenty20 in March.

Rahim has captained Bangladesh in 37 ODIs, winning 11 of them and losing 24 while Mortaza's record is three wins and four defeats from seven matches.

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