Shakib returns as Bangladesh captain to replace Mushfiqur

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Shakib Al Hasan has been named Bangladesh's new Test captain, and the upcoming Sri Lanka tour will be his first assignment in the new role. The BCB has not named a new coach yet. Shakib - already Bangladesh's Twenty20 worldwide captain - will take over at the helm from Mushfiqur Rahim.

Mushfiqur led Bangladesh in 34 Tests since 2011, guiding them to some remarkable wins over England, Sri Lanka and Australia since past year. Shakib's appointment as Test captain today makes him skipper of two out of the three formats.

Hasan said the decision to remove Mushfiqur as Test captain was taken as they wanted him to concentrate on his batting.

After beginning his Test captaincy on a winning note, Shakib had a rough time as he oversaw chastening defeats in the eight other matches in his leadership career. "We now want Mushfiqur to focus on his batting and remain pressure-free". We want to give him some time to relax and moreover, he should concentrate on his batting. "But till now, this is the only change which has been made today", the BCB supremo stated.

An ignominious performance in South Africa (wherein Bangladesh lost the Tests by margins of 333 runs and innings & 254 runs) has turned out to be the straw that broke the camel's back.

This series of changes was set off by the resignation of head coach Chandika Hathurusingha during the tour of South Africa in September-October.

Mushfiq led the Bangladesh side in all three formats before Mashrafe bin Mortaza took the charge of one-day and T20 sides.

The BCB are reported to have already interviewed Richard Pybus and Phil Simmons. Bangladesh are scheduled to play a tri-nation One-Day International tournament involving Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in January before hosting the Sri Lankans for the two-Test series and as many Twenty20 internationals.