Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh. (Photo: Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan has been selected captain of Bangladesh for the forthcoming Asia Cup, New Zealand tri-series, and T20 World Cup.

The BCB announced the decision this afternoon, putting an end to the ambiguity that has existed for the past few weeks when the board notified Shakib that he had to choose between playing for Bangladesh and keeping his endorsement with a “betting company.”

Shakib’s contract with Betwinner News had been terminated.

Shakib Al Hasan. PC-Getty
Shakib Al Hasan. PC-Getty

Shakib Al Hasan Has Replaced Nurul Hasan As The Captain

Nurul Hasan had replaced long-time white-ball captain Mahmudullah in T20Is on Bangladesh’s previous trip to Zimbabwe before being sidelined by a fractured finger.

Mosaddek Hossain captained the team in the final of three T20Is in Zimbabwe, which Bangladesh lost 2-1. In addition, under Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh lost the subsequent ODIs in Zimbabwe.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan. Credits: Bangladesh Cricket Board.

The BCB also confirmed a 17-man squad for the Asia Cup, which begins on August 27 in the UAE. Bangladesh had missed the initial squad-naming date as the board resolved the Shakib sponsorship problem. Bangladesh will compete in the Asia Cup main round alongside India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and a qualifier. The qualifier’s identity will be revealed in a qualifying tournament beginning on August 20.

The T20I tri-series in New Zealand, which includes the hosts and Pakistan, begins on October 7 and will be Bangladesh’s final opportunity to prepare for the T20 World Cup 2022, which will be held in Australia in October-November.

Bangladesh’s squad for the Asia Cup:

Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Anamul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Ebadot Hossain, Parvez Hossain Emon, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Taskin Ahmed

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