Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mortaza to continue as skipper

Fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza will continue to lead Bangladesh. Mortaza was named skipper of the team that will take on New Zealand next month in a five-match one-day international series.

Mortaza's confirmation as skipper goes with what team coach Jamie Siddons had announced a few days ago. Siddons opined that Mortaza was the best man to lead Bangladesh at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Mortaza returned as captain on the recent European tour.

Promising opener Tamim Iqbal is out of action owing to a surgery, but the biggest surprise is the fact that one-time captain and promising batsman Mohammed Ashraful is now a standby for the series. Shahriar Nafees makes a return after not being chosen for the European tour. Injured duo of Mushfiqur Rahim and Roqibul Hassan have also made a return following a lengthy rehabilitation.

The chosen players will start for the series from 15 September at Dhaka's Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. The first match in the five-match series is scheduled to be held at the same venue on 5 October.

Team: Masrafe Bin Mortaza (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan (Vice Captain), Shahriar Nafees, Imrul Kayes, Zunaed Siddique, Roqibul Hassan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Jahirul Islam, Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Md. Sohrawordhi; Stand by: Mohammad Ashraful, Nazim Uddin, Nazmul Hossain, Dollar Mahmud, Shuvogoto Hom

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