After a lot of drama and speculations, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has finally announced the ODI captain of the side on Sunday. The experienced batsman Tamim Iqbal has been appointed as the skipper of the ODI team after Mashrafe Mortaza stepped down from the position.
The three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe was the last cricket assignment for Mortaza. The ‘Tigers’ successfully whitewashed the visitors by 3-0 margin under the captaincy of the 36-year-old right-arm pacer.
Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, BCB president Nazmul Hasan said, “After the meeting today, the board has unanimously decided that Tamim Iqbal will be Bangladesh’s ODI captain. He will be the captain for the long term as we have moved away from our decision to name another captain next year. We are not giving any guarantees, but he is our long term captain.”
Notably, Iqbal’s first assignment as Bangladesh’s full-time ODI captain will be the upcoming one-off ODI match against Pakistan on April 1 at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Tamim has played 60 Tests, 207 ODIs and 77 T20Is so far. He captained the Bangladeshi Tigers in the absence of Mortaza for a three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka last year. Iqbal also led his side in the Christchurch Test against New Zealand in January 2017.