ZIM vs BAN: Veteran Earns Recall As Bangladesh Announce Captain For Series Decider

Mosaddek Hossain
Mosaddek Hossain.

Bangladesh has named a substitute for injured captain Nurul Hasan and chosen a captain for Tuesday’s important T20I series-deciding match against Zimbabwe. 

Mahmudullah, a 36-year-old all-rounder, was initially benched for the three T20I matches that made up the trip to Zimbabwe, but Bangladesh changed their minds when the series was on the line in Harare and chose to use the veteran. 

Mahmudullah has been recalled to the team and might earn a spot in Bangladesh’s starting XI for the third game of the series, with fellow all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain picked to lead the team in Nurul’s absence. 

Mahmudullah. Image Source: Twitter

Bangladesh’s Win Marred By The New Captain’s Injury

Nurul, who had just taken over as Bangladesh’s T20I captain from Mahmudullah previous to the series, suffered a left index finger injury while keeping in Bangladesh’s seven-wicket victory against Zimbabwe. He will likely be out for three weeks. 

As a result, Bangladesh will rely on Mosaddek to win the series. The 26-year-old comes into the game after posting a career-high 5/20 in Sunday’s second game. 

Captain, Nurul Hasan (Image Credits: Twitter)
Nurul Hasan (Image Credits: Twitter)

Although Mosaddek has not yet led his nation at the international level, he has led the Bangladesh Premier League’s domestic cricket team in the past. Mosaddek has previously led Bangladesh A in two games and has captained the Sylhet Thunder in Bangladesh’s local 20-over championship. 

In addition, Mosaddek has captained the Bangladesh A team in two matches and the Barishal Division and Central Zone in six first-class contests. The last time Bangladesh won a T20I series was against New Zealand at home in September of last year, thus they are aiming for their first series win this year. 

Bangladesh National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)
Bangladesh National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)

After losing by 17 runs in the first T20I, Bangladesh recovered to win the second match easily and tie the series at one game each. On Tuesday, they will play the third and final T20I. Three ODIs will follow in Harare. 

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