Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has been named Bangladesh’s full-time One-Day International (ODI) captain. Tamim will take over from Mashrafe Mortaza, who has stepped down from the post following the three-match series against Zimbabwe at home. Bangladesh take on Pakistan in the one-off ODI on April 1, which will be Tamim’s first assignment.
Tamim has led in ODIs in the absence of Mortaza and also captained the team in a Test match in New Zealand in 2017. His predecessor Mortaza was Bangladesh’s most successful captain, having won 50 matches under his rein. Some of the highlights under his leadership was reaching the 2015 World Cup quarter-final and also making it to the semi-final of the Champions Trophy in 2017 – losing to India on both occasions.
Despite stepping down as captain, Mortaza has made himself available for selection. "I cannot say anything about selection. But you have to perform as a captain. And captaincy is a huge pressure, specially in international cricket. But when I think of myself as just a player, in that sense, it is a very good decision for me," he said.