In the wake of Shakib Al Hasan’s two-year ban, Bangladesh have named their new Test and T20I captains. Just hours after the ICC banned the allrounder for a couple of years, Bangladesh appointed Mominul Haque as their Test captain and Mahmudullah Riyad as the T20I captain. The ICC banned Shakib for two years from all cricket with a year of suspended sentence for failing to report approaches from bookies on numerous occasions.
The former Bangladesh Test and T20I captain accepted all three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. In order to avoid the one-year suspended sentence coming into effect, Shakib must not commit any offence under the Anti-Corruption Unit code during the initial one-year suspension. He will also have to participate regularly in anti-corruption education and/or rehabilitation programmes.
Meanwhile, Abu Haider Rony will replace injured Mohammad Saifuddin while Mohammad Mithun will come in place of Tamim Iqbal, who will miss the tour because of personal reasons. Taijul Islam has been named replacement for Shakib for the series.
Bangladesh will play three T20Is and a couple of Tests in India next month. This will be just their second tour of India. They first visited their neighbours for a bilateral series in 2017 for a solitary Test. On the upcoming tour, the Tigers will play three T20Is and two Tests. The T20I series will kickstar the tour on November 3.
The tour will also see Bangladesh play their first-ever day-night Test. The second game of the series at Eden Gardens will be a day-night affair. Bangladesh will be desperate to put up a good performance against the formidable hosts. Since the World Cup ended, they have lost the T20I and ODI series in Sri Lanka as well as the one-off Test to Afghanistan at home.