Bangladesh appoints Shanto as new captain for all formats

DHAKA – The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced on Monday that Najmul Hossain Shanto will be the new captain of the national team in all three formats of the game for the next one year.

Shanto, who has led Bangladesh in 11 matches across formats since last year, will take over from Shakib Al Hasan, who is suffering from a vision problem in his left eye.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan said that Shanto was chosen for his impressive performance as a batsman and a leader in recent times.

“Shanto has shown his maturity and responsibility as a captain in the absence of Shakib. He has also scored heavily in all formats and has been consistent and reliable. We have decided to give him the captaincy for a year and see how he goes,” Hassan said at a press conference.

Shanto, 26, has scored 1,650 runs in 2023, averaging 42.30, with five centuries and six half-centuries. He also guided Bangladesh to their first-ever ODI and T20I wins in New Zealand and a home Test win against the same opposition.

Shanto said he was honoured and excited to lead Bangladesh in all formats and hoped to continue the team’s progress.

“It is a great privilege and honour to be the captain of Bangladesh. I am grateful to the BCB for trusting me with this responsibility. I have learnt a lot from Shakib and I wish him a speedy recovery. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and I hope to lead the team with passion and pride,” Shanto said.

Shanto’s first assignment as full-time captain will be the home series against Sri Lanka in March, which will consist of two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is. His main goal will be to prepare the team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, which will be held in the USA and West Indies in October-November.

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