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Mashrafe Mortaza Reinstated As Bangladesh Captain

Mashrafe Mortaza Reinstated As Bangladesh Captain
Mashrafe Mortaza Reinstated As Bangladesh Captain
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Fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza has been reinstated as Bangladesh captain ahead of his country's tour to England, Ireland and Scotland, where they will play three One-Day Internationals against England, two against Ireland and one apiece against Scotland and the Netherlands.

Mortaza, who has played 36 Tests, 107 ODIs and 13 Twenty20 Internationals, was appointed captain in 2009 but picked up a bad knee injury during the first session of his captaincy in the opening Test against the West Indies, a series that Bangladesh would go on to win 2-0.

Shakib Al Hasan took over as skipper while Mortaza embarked on a lengthy recovery period after surgery to both knees and despite Mortaza's presence in the squad for the ICC World Twenty20 and the Asia Cup, Shakib continued to lead the side although the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have taken the decision to give Mortaza back the reins of the side just days before they leave for England, where the first ODI is on 8th July.

Having lost the Test series 2-0 earlier in the year, they restart the tour with warm-up games against Sussex and Middlesex before ODIs against England in Nottingham, Birmingham and Bristol. They then travel to Belfast for the two games against Ireland on 15th and 16th July before rounding the tour off with matches against Scotland and the Netherlands on 19th and 20th July in Glasgow.

Bangladesh ODI squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Roqibul Hasan, Faisal Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Jahurul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Syed Rasel, Abdur Razzak

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