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BCB appointed Najmul as Bangladesh's cricket captain for all three formats


The Bangladesh Cricket Board president, Nazmul Hasan, announced Najmul Hossain Shanto’s appointment as captain for all formats after a board directors meeting at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The decision was made due to uncertainty surrounding Shakib al-Hasan’s availability because of his eye problem.


“I have talked to Shakib. His eye issue is still causing problems. There is some uncertainty regarding his participation in Sri Lanka. The World Cup is very near. So, we didn’t want to take any chance,” Nazmul told reporters.


After admiring Najmul's performance while captaining the team in Shakib's absence, Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha earlier expressed support for giving him the long-term captaincy. The star all-rounder had also recently expressed uncertainty about his future as captain.


Najmul Hossain Shanto, aged 25, is a top-order batter. Shanto showed exceptional leadership skills in the previous Test matches against New Zealand and continued to demonstrate his prowess on a tour to New Zealand focused on limited-overs cricket.


Shanto's selection changes the BCB's policy to give young players leadership. Shakib, Mahmudullah, and Mushfiqur Rahim remain international players. Shanto's yearlong captaincy suggests the board is ready to move on from the respected senior players.


Bangladesh is expected to compete in a minimum of 14 Test matches, nine One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and 21 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) in the current year. This includes their participation in the next Twenty20 World Cup, which will take place in the United States and the West Indies.


Gazi Ashraf Hossain, a former national captain, has been appointed as the new top selector by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).


Bangladesh will host Sri Lanka for a cricket series in March and April featuring three ODIs, three T20Is and two Tests.


Tamim has not been included in the central contract.


The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) did not include senior player Tamim Iqbal in the central contracts he demanded. Tamim, who withdrew from T20Is in 2022 and momentarily quit international cricket last year before reversing it, is undecided about his international future. Noteworthy player Ebadot Hossain is also absent from senior contracts. BCB president Nazmul Hasan said they would confer with Tamim Iqbal in the coming days to settle his international career difficulties.


Updates to the cricket board's selection panel

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has just announced the appointment of Gazi Ashraf Hossain, a former national captain, as the top selector for the next two-year period, hence making changes to the national selection panel. Cricbuzz had indicated that Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar were unlikely to retain their spots on the selection panel. The BCB president, Nazmul Hasan, said that the sole member retained from the last screening panel was Abdur Razzak. Former cricketer Hannan Sarkar will join Hossain and Razzak on the selectors' bench.


Following much deliberation, Gazi Ashraf Hossain Lipu has been chosen as the principal selector. Typically, the duration of the contract is two years. "Abdur Razzak and Hannan Sarkar will serve as the additional selectors," said Nazmul. He also mentioned that Minhajul and Bashar would remain associated with the board in various roles.

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