Shakib named new Bangladesh Test captain

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By 2017-12-11

Shakib Al Hasan has been named the new Test captain for Bangladesh and the upcoming Sri Lanka tour will be his first assignment in the new role. Mahmudullah will be the vice-captain and the BCB has not named a new coach yet.

"We can't really tell you the exact reason but we felt that Mushfiqur [Rahim] needs to focus on his batting and remain pressure-free," BCB president Nazmul Hassan said.

Shakib has led Bangladesh in nine Tests in the past. His first Test as captain was against West Indies in 2009 before leading the side for seven more matches in the first half of 2010, and one more Test in August 2011 against Zimbabwe. Bangladesh won only one of those matches - against West Indies in 2009 - and lost the rest eight.

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