Will Bangladesh’s newly-appointed Test skipper Shakib al Hasan come up with a better show as he is set to regain the Test captaincy after a reasonably short stint. The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Sunday announced the 30-year-old all-rounder as the new Test skipper replacing Mushfiqur Rahim, who led the side in last six years. Ironically, Mushfiq took over the charge from Shakib, who was unceremoniously sacked in 2011 after a poor series in Zimbabwe, where Bangladesh lost the one-off Test and five-match one-day international series 3-2. Shakib began his first spell of captaincy with an aura of success when he led Bangladesh to 2-0 win over West Indies in 2009, taking over from injured Mashrafee bin Murtaza at Arnos Vale in St. Vincent. Despite his success both as player and captain in Tigers’ first-ever clean sweep victory in Test, his tenure turned increasingly bitter before it culminated in Zimbabwe, who beat Bangladesh in their Test comeback after six years. Shakib was accused of being busy with his own self during that disastrous tour while it was also raised by the BCB’s the then chef the mission Shafiqur Rahman Munna that he lacked in terms of motivating the players when they were going through rough patch.
BCB director and experienced cricket coach Khaled Mahmud apparently had similar kind of notion regarding the country’s most successful cricketer, the number one all-rounder of the world when his captaincy was stripped off in 2011. However, Dhaka Dynamites coach Mahmud holds a different opinion about his charismatic skipper who played a big role as a skipper during the last edition of BPL while guiding them to the title. ‘He changed a lot during this six years and it is a huge thing,’ Mahmud told Asian Age on Tuesday. He is fantastic cricketer who is sensible and reads the game well while with time he had matured to make sure he knows what he is doing and how he can do that in the best possible manner,’ said Mahmud, who is observing Shakib closely being the manager of Tigers. Shakib said that he was looking to start afresh in his second term as captain in the longest format putting behind his bitter memories in the first spell. ‘I don’t remember what happened in the past,’ Shakib told reporters in Mirpur. ‘It’s all right. A lot of things happen in life,’ said Shakib, who would start his new innings against Sri Lanka in January. Shakib acknowledged that he would try to lift the performance of the team in the next series. ‘This will be a new responsibility. We have done well in Tests in the last few matches. We won against Sri Lanka and we also defeated Australia and England here. We will try to improve ourselves from here, which will be our main target,’ he said. ‘Now many of the cricketers have been performing on a regular basis. When cricketers will perform, it becomes easy for the captain. I hope everyone will perform well and it will help the team to do well,’ he added. Shakib took the opportunity to praise Mahmudullah, who was named as the new deputy. Shakib hoped that his job would be easier as there were a lot of senior cricketers in the squad who helped each other in decision-making affairs.’We have few leaders on the side. We took any kind decision after consulting with them. It is not important who is leading the side,’ he said. ‘It is really necessary to get help from others. Riyad Bhai [Mahmudullah] has been doing a fabulous job as a captain for the last few years in the BPL. He has the instinct for many days. I think my job will be easy,’ said Shakib. Shakib, who was criticized sometimes for throwing his wickets in the recent past, said he would try to play in a responsible manner instead of playing for fun that typified him as a player. ‘I think it is a responsibility than enjoyment. Obviously, I will try to perform my responsibilities well here,’ he added.