On August 5, Nazmul Hasan, the president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, stressed that they must first ascertain Shakib al Hasan’s availability before naming him to replace Tamim Iqbal, who recently resigned as the team’s ODI captain. Since then, 72 hours have passed, but Shakib’s availability has not yet been discussed by the BCB president. This is probably because he lacks the board’s approval to do so.
The BCB president was given the aforementioned mandate by the board on Tuesday, August 8, during the emergency meeting held at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, and his colleagues trusted him to choose the new ODI skipper. Officials from the BCB stated that they are optimistic that the issue would be resolved by August 12 or earlier, which is the date set by the Asian Cricket Council for the announcement of the teams for the upcoming Asia Cup, which will be held by Pakistan and Sri Lanka starting on August 30.
Nazmul is now anticipated to speak with the three potential captain candidates, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Litton Das, and Shakib Al Hasan.
“Today, we held an urgent meeting. We were supposed to choose the captain of the Asia Cup, but there was a problem. After the meeting on Tuesday, Jalal Yunus, the chairman of BCB’s cricket operations, spoke to the media and said, “We entrusted the task of picking the ODI skipper to our board president. “He will now speak with the potential job candidates, and we will then settle the situation. By our deadline (for the Asia Cup team announcement), which is August 12th, we want to settle on the captaincy.
Since Shakib has the most experience managing the pressure of major competitions, it is clear that all of the board members want him to captain the team at the Asia Cup and World Cup. However, several of them advocated for split captaincy in the future.
According to the general agreement, Shakib should be in charge of the white-ball format, and Liton should handle Test cricket in order to prepare him for the future. After the World Cup, Bangladesh is slated to host a two-match Test series against New Zealand. According to board insiders, many believe that the all-rounder may decide to forgo the Test series as well, having played nonstop cricket from September to November.
You are aware that some of them are presently abroad (Shakib is playing in the Lanka Premier League, and Litton just finished competing in the Global T20). We had the option to call them and speak with them. However, we had some internal conversations about some issues. Jalal stated, “We want to decide if we would assign leadership for two formats or all formats.
“We need their approval for captaincy. We want to resolve the ODI captaincy issue first because the Asia Cup is approaching. We might also consider the other two formats,” he said, adding that the World Cup, which is set to take place in India in October-November, might have its captain announced before the Asia Cup.
“We want to name the Asia Cup captain by August 12 because that is the date for squad announcements for the tournament. The date for the World Cup captain announcement is September 5 after that,” he said.
There are still questions about whether Shakib will accept the offer, though it is anticipated that if he does, the captaincy will at least continue for the World Cup.