The Daily Star – Bangladesh – Confusion reigned till yesterday over who would lead the Tigers in the two-match T20I series against Sri Lanka from Thursday until the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced Mahmudullah Riyad as the skipper in stead of the injured Shakib Al Hasan.

Summary

  • Confusion reigned till yesterday over who would lead the Tigers in the two-match T20I series against Sri Lanka from Thursday until the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced Mahmudullah Riyad as the skipper in stead of the injured Shakib Al Hasan.
  • Mahmudullah, the vice-captain of the Test side, was also Shakib’s stand-in during the two-match Test series after Shakib had injured the little finger on his left hand during the final match of the tri-series.
  • Interestingly, Tamim Iqbal, who is the vice-captain for the Tigers in T20Is, was overlooked for captaincy yet again.
  • Meanwhile, the selectors have also drafted in left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam Apu as a replacement for Shakib for the first T20I.
  • The 26-year-old has been a consistent performer on the domestic scene but it was his performance in the fifth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League — where he scalped 12 wickets at an economy of 6.


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