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Bangladesh in Sri Lanka, 2007


Mohammad Ashraful appointed as Bangladesh captain, Mortaza deputy

2 June 2007

After a long period of speculations, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced that Mohammad Ashraful will take charge of the Bangladesh side in both Tests and One Day Internationals (ODI). The news has come after Habibul Bashar stepped down from captaincy after the end of India?s tour of Bangladesh in May, 2007.

BCB has further decided to make Mashrafee Mortaza the deputy of the side, by making him the vice-captain in both Tests and ODIs.

Ashraful started his career early, at the age of 17 in 2001 against Zimbabwe. He had entered International Cricket with a bang, with his record of being the youngest Test centurian in World Cricket. He has maintained his place in the team since then, although was at the point of being dropped before the Zimbabwe series in 2006. He has had a tremendous World Cup 2007, and was the highest scorer of the side for the tournament. He played a major role in the historic win against South Africa in the Super Eights of World Cup 2007, and a match winning 100 against Australia in Cardiff.

Hand by hand, the new leaders of Bangladesh cricket

Hand by hand, the new leaders of Bangladesh cricket ? Cricinfo

Ashraful has previous experiences with captaincy. He is currently the captain of Dhaka Division and Sonargaon Club. He captained the Under-19 team in U-19 World Cup 2002 in New Zealand.

Mashrafe started his career at an early age of 18, against Zimbabwe in 2001. He has shown the never-seen-before kind of aggression and determination that Bangladesh needed in its bowling department. Due to his never-give-up type of attitude, the Tigers have seen great many successes, including the recent win against India in World Cup 2007 group stage matches. Along with his sharp bowling, Mashrafe is also gradually proving his worth as a batsman, after several breathtaking innings against India, Kenya, and Zimbabwe in the past year or so.

Unlike Ashraful, Mashrafe does not have any experiences with captaincy. Both Ashraful and Mashrafe have been given the opportunity to lead the Bangladesh team until the Twenty20 World Cup in September 2007. Their first assignment will be in Sri Lanka this month, where they will be taking charge of the team for 3 ODIs and 3 Tests.

Meanwhile Bangladesh have appointed Shaun Williams, current Bangladesh A team coach, as the interim coach for Sri Lanka tour. Former Bangladesh coach Sarwar Imran will act as the deputy of Williams for the test and ODI series.

  • Imran Kabir


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