Tamim Iqbal named Bangladesh’s new ODI captain
By: Reuters |

Published: March 8, 2020 11:12:47 pm

Tamim Iqbal is Bangladesh’s main scorer in ODIs. (Source: File Photo)

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has been named the group’s new one-day worldwide (ODI) captain, changing Mashrafe Mortaza who stepped down earlier this week, the nation’s cricket board (BCB) stated on Sunday.

Iqbal, 30, is Bangladesh’s main scorer in ODIs, having compiled 7,202 runs since making his debut in 2007. The left-hander additionally has probably the most ODI centuries (13) and half-centuries (47) for Bangladesh.

With all-rounder and former captain Shakib Al Hasan unavailable till October as he serves a one-year ban for breaching the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption code, Iqbal was handed the captaincy.

“This is a massive honour for me,” Iqbal stated in an announcement. “I thank the BCB for trusting me with this duty.

“I’m aware that I have huge shoes to fill… Mortaza has been a true great for Bangladesh cricket and a model of inspiration as captain for me and all the cricketers.”

Bangladesh lately beat Zimbabwe 3-Zero in an ODI sequence — the place Iqbal scored two centuries, together with a career-high 158 — and they’re going to now tackle the African nation in a two-match Twenty20 sequence subsequent week.

Their subsequent ODI is a one-off sport towards Pakistan in Karachi on April 1.

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