BCB to keep Rahim in charge for India


Bangladesh are unlikely to change their captain for the one-off Test against India in June, despite being unhappy with the way Mushfiqur Rahim led the side in the second Test against Pakistan, which the Tigers lost.

After pulling off a superb draw in the first Test in Khulna, Bangladesh imploded in the second match in Dhaka and Pakistan romped to victory with more than a day to spare. The BCB bosses were very unimpressed, but could not see who else could lead the side.

Rahim was injured for much of the series, so the Tigers' bosses are thinking of either letting him keep or captain, not both, in order to take some pressure off him when he bats. But it's likely he'll keep the captaincy for now.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan said in the Daily Star: "I don't think there needs to be any change prior to the India series. Let us see what happens.

"But we will definitely have to come to a solution by the end of this year. We feel that for a player to keep, bat and captain a side together is too stressful.

"For him to stand behind the wicket all day and then play a long innings … the whole scenario can become a little demanding.

"We would want to lessen the burden on him. It's still not decided as to how we are going to do that. But the obvious move would be for him to compromise with either one duty: keeping or captaincy.

"We will discuss the issue with him before taking any steps. I personally felt that both the captaincy and the performance of our players in the last Test was poor. We are not happy.

"The mentality of the players wasn't right. One can't just hit the ball and survive two straight days.

"With regards to Test captaincy, if we can get a substitute, we will think about it. But at this point of time we don't have any."