As the two major cricket events Asia Cup and the ODI World Cup are getting closer, the team have started preparing for them. Asia Cup will take place before the ODI World Cup and 6 teams will be competing against each other in the tournament. Pakistan have already announced their squad for the tournament while other teams are yet to public their squad.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board announced Shakib Al Hasan as Bangladesh’s new captain for both Asia Cup and ODI World Cup on Friday, August 11. Shakib took over the captaincy after Tamim Iqbal left the captaincy also ruled out from Bangladesh’s ODI squad. BCB president Nazmul Hassan made the announcement.
“We have appointed Shakib as the captain for the Asia Cup and World Cup. The World Cup and Asia Cup squads will be announced tomorrow. The selectors will pick a squad of 17 members,” Hassan was quoted as saying by Zee News.
Shakib was always the main choice: Nazmul Hassan
Apart from the two major events Bangladesh will also play a 3-match ODI series at home against New Zealand before they will travel to India for the ODI World Cup. Shakib has led the Bangladesh team earlier as well, he was first appointed as the captain in 2009 and his last match as Bangladesh skipper was in 2017.
BCB president Hassan further talked about Shakib and said that there was no confusion about appointing Shakib as captain. He believes that there were no choices other than Shakib who can lead the team right now. However, they will also be taking an eye on Iqbal who is currently suffering from an injury and an opening spot is still vacant.
“There was never any confusion. I told you before. He is the obvious choice. Who else can lead? But we had to talk to him before appointing him. Nobody should think anything else. Shakib is the captain. He was always the main choice. They have just one spot open. We still don’t know about Tamim Iqbal who is recovering from a back injury. We might trial one or two openers in the Asia Cup,” he said.
Here’s how fans reacted:
At the age of retirement he's becoming captain
— ️️` (@WeirddTweetz) August 11, 2023
Good for Bangladesh
— boggyman (@boogyman301003) August 11, 2023
baap of umpires
— AJ 👁️ (iyer fc) (@Zerodopamine7) August 11, 2023
लगता है ये बुढ़ापे में अपने लाठी से खेलेगा
— The Old Smuggler (@alone_smuggler) August 11, 2023
'मैं समय हूं' -shakib al hasan
— LEGO🕷️SPIDEY (@_OG_Spidey) August 11, 2023
Yeh Bangladesh cricket board bcci ko takkar de rhi h kya team ka captain badalne me
— Frustrated student (@tinku_66) August 11, 2023
Ek aadmi kitni bar naya captain banega!
— Khelan Shah (@khelanshah) August 11, 2023
Be scared umpires,be very very scared.The legend is back as captain
— Tom (@rome0raj) August 11, 2023
Umpires better be careful
— SavageCreature (@SavageCreature) August 11, 2023