Shakib named Test skipper

Bangladesh allrounder Shakib-al-Hasan has been named as the country’s new Test captain replacing Mushfiqur Rahim in the post.

Mushfiqur is understood to be keen on focusing on his batting though it was clear he was not happy as skipper during the tour of South Africa.

During the Test series defeat to the Proteas, Mushfiqur gave a bizarre press conference where he conceded he didn’t know how to motivate his players and was unsure what to do at the toss.

Mushfiqur came in for a lot of criticism for putting the hosts in on a flat track in Potchefstroom with opposing skipper Faf du Plessis unable to hide his surprise at the choice.

The now former skipper was seen fielding on the boundary with management concerned that a history of hand injuries could compromise his fielding.

Shakib has led the side in nine Tests previously but it seems this stint will be longer than his previous spells as stand in.

Mahmudullah Riyaz will take up the role of vice captain when Bangladesh embark on their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan said: “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.”

Bangladesh have yet to name a replacement for their Sri Lankan coach Chandika Hathurusingha who left his post to replace Nic Pothas at the head of the island nation’s men’s team.