‘5-6 captaincy candidates’ available in Shakib’s absence
With Shakib Al Hasan currently out injured with finger injury, the question has arisen on who would lead the Bangladesh Test side against Afghanistan on June 14. Under natural circumstances, the vice-captain comes in to lead the side but rumours are floating around that Liton Das does not want to lead the side in the match.
If Liton does not lead the side, the responsibility may fall to younger stars such as Mehedi Hasan Miraz or Nazmul Hossain Shanto. Former Bangladesh captain Akram Khan, current chairman of Facilities, spoke to reporters regarding Miraz and Shanto.
"They are players of the future. When they were picked, some of the players had captaincy qualities. They have those qualities," Akram said.
He also put forward the notion that "five or six players" are candidates to take over responsibility as skipper in Shakib's absence but "it will depend on the current captain, selectors and coach".
BCB president Nazmul Hassan, however, is yet to hear about Liton's unwillingness to lead.
"I talked to Shakib and he was hopeful of playing the Afghanistan ODIs and T20Is. In his absence the vice-captain is supposed to take over but I haven't heard anything from Liton yet," the BCB president told The Daily Star yesterday.