Shakib Al Hasan © AFP
Shakib Al Hasan © AFP

After a sudden retirement from Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) by Mashrafe Mortaza after playing against Sri Lanka recently, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed their most experience player Shakib Al Hasan as their next skipper in the shortest format of the game. Shakib’s appointment was confirmed in a meeting of BCB at their headquarters in Dhaka. After the meeting, BCB president Nazmul Hasan told reporters, “Since Mashrafe has retired, the board unanimously agreed to appoint Shakib as Bangladesh’s next captain for Twenty20 internationals. Few other names were discussed but in the end we all have agreed to appoint Shakib.”

Shakib is expected to start his captaincy tenure in T20Is with a series against Pakistan in July. However, no timeframe has been given to Shakib by BCB president. Shakib has earlier led Bangladesh in four T20Is, 49 ODIs and in 9 Tests. Shakib was appointed skipper of Bangladesh for all formats of the game in 2009-11. Moreover, under Shakib’s leadership in T20Is, Bangladesh have never registered any victory and Shakib has the best chance to improve those numbers.

With Shakib becoming the captain in T20Is, Bangladesh have now three different skippers in all three formats. Mashrafe will continue to lead in ODIs while Mushfiqur Rahim is their ODI skipper. Besides being captain, Shakib has also experience of playing under numerous captains of Bangladesh across formats. Starting with Habibul Bashar, he has played under Khaled Mashud, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Ashraful, Shahriar Nafees, Mushfiqur and Tamim Iqbal. As captain in four T20Is previously, Shakib scored 95 runs and scalped five wickets.