Mahmudullah had captained Bangladesh during the Nidahas Trophy in March until he was replaced by Shakib for the business end of the tournament. @ Getty Images
Mahmudullah had captained Bangladesh during the Nidahas Trophy in March until he was replaced by Shakib for the business end of the tournament. @ Getty Images

Bangladesh will face Zimbabwe in three ODIs and two Tests beginning on October 21. With veteran Test and T20 skipper Shakib Al Hasan ruled out reportedly for the next three months, Bangladesh are currently in search of a captain to lead their Test side. All-rounder Mahmudullah has thrown his hat in the ring and believes he can lead Bangladesh for their home series against Zimbabwe and West Indies later in the year.

Mahmudullah had led Bangladesh in the home series against Sri Lanka after Shakib was ruled out due to injury. He also captained the Tigers during the Nidahas Trophy in March until he was replaced by Shakib for the business end of the tournament.

“I have always liked captaincy as it’s a challenging job and at the same time it’s a huge honour,” Mahmudullah told Cricbuzz on Sunday.

“I have always looked forward to it [captaincy] and if I get such an opportunity I am ready for it,” he said.

Bangladesh have been hit by a string of recent injuries. Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is nursing a hand injury he picked up during the 2018 Asia Cup opener, while batting mainstay Mushfiqur Rahim is recovering from a rib injury.

Mahmudullah too is recuperating from a back injury, but is confident he will be fit for the series against Zimbabwe.

“Injuries will be there and you have to play with it. Maybe it got worse after playing continuous cricket as I am feeling the pain in my rib area as well now,” he said.

“I am feeling a bit better at the moment and taking rest. I hope that I will be able to recover in time,” he said.