Sports desk, Aug 13: Ending all speculations, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) finally named Shakib Al Hasan as the captain of the T20 format.
He will be at the helm of the team until the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November, said BCB’s Cricket Operations Chairman Jalal Younus.
It meant for the time being, Shakib, who is also the Test captain will lead the side in T20 format in Asia Cup, starting at the fag end of this month, the tri-nation T20 series in New Zealand and T20 World Cup.
“Shakib Al Hasan will lead the side in T20 format until the T20 World Cup. After a lengthy meeting today, we had taken this decision. He will lead the side in the upcoming Asia Cup, then in tri-nation series in New Zealand and in World Cup,” Younus said on Saturday.
Shakib however was the first choice to be the T20 captain after Bangladesh team went through a severely bad patch in this format under the captaincy of Mahmudullah Riyad.
Nurul Hasan Sohan led the side in Zimbabwe in T20 series as Shakib chose to skip that series.
However, as he was about to be named as captain in the shortest format of the cricket, the ace all-rounder sparked another controversy by striking a deal with Betwinner news, a sister concern of betting company Betwinner.
The deal, believed to be worth BDT 10 crore, not only frustrated his fans but also annoyed BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon to such extent that the BCB boss threatened to axe him from the Bangladesh’s cricket unless he cancelled the agreement, as betting is completely banned in Bangladesh and as per BCB law.
After the BCB’s stern warning, Shakib backed out from the agreement and also deleted the post in this regard from his social media account.
Shakib, who returned to Bangladesh from the USA on Friday night met BCB boss at his residence in Gulshan today (Saturday). Team Director Khaled Mahmud Sujon, Cricket Operations Chairman Jalal Yunus and two selectors Minhajul Abedin Nannu and Habibul Bashar Sumon were also present during the meeting.
Shakib clarified his position and regretted for the mistakes he had done.
But what went against Shakib still was that he breached the BCB rules by striking the deal with Betwinner without taking the permission of the board. For any endorsement a contracted player is bound to take the permission of the board as per BCB’s law.
Jalal Yunus said Shakib’s breach of rules will be discussed in BCB’s next meeting. “This too (endorsement without taking permission) was discussed with him. As he has struck a deal without our permission — we have discussed it earlier and will discuss it in our next board meeting after which we’ll decide what step we can take.”