Due to uncertainty surrounding the availability of regular choice Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh reappointed Najmul Hossain Shanto as national cricket captain for all three formats for the upcoming year on Monday. The 25-year-old Najmul, a top order batsman, has guided Bangladesh through their last two home and away series against New Zealand, but it was expected that he would defer to Shakib. “Obviously, we wanted to avoid any uncertainty as our captain, but Shakib was our first choice,” Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan told reporters.
Nazmul brought up Shakib’s eye issue from the World Cup in India last year, which compelled him to travel to Singapore and Britain for treatment.
Shakib also missed several matches in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament due to the issue.
Bangladesh will play at least 14 Tests, nine one-day internationals, and 21 Twenty20 internationals this year, which includes the Twenty20 World Cup in the United States and West Indies.
The BCB appointed former national captain Gazi Ashraf Hossain as the new chief selector.
Bangladesh will host Sri Lanka for three ODIs, three T20Is, and two Tests in their next series in March and April.