Bangladesh names Shakib as T20 captain

Bangladesh has now three separate captains for three formats with Mushfiqur Rahim leading the Test side and Mashrafe Mortaza at the helm of One-Day International side.

Shakib Al Hasan (in picture) will replace the recently retired Mashrafe Mortaza as Bangladesh's T20I skipper.   -  AFP

Bangladesh on Saturday appointed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as its next captain for Twenty20 internationals, replacing retired fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza.

Mashrafe announced his retirement from the game's shortest format during Bangladesh recent series against Sri Lanka.

Shakib's appointment was confirmed in a meeting of the Bangladesh Cricket Board at its headquarters in Dhaka.

"Since Mashrafe has retired, the board unanimously agreed to appoint Shakib as Bangladesh's next captain for Twenty20 internationals," BCB president Nazmul Hasan told reporters after the meeting.

"A few other names were discussed but in the end we all have agreed to appoint Shakib," he said.

Nazmul did not give any time-frame for Shakib, who is expected to assume his role against Pakistan in July.

Shakib, who captained Bangladesh in 2009-11 in all formats of the game, has so far led the team in four Twenty20 internationals, which it all lost.

With his appointment, Bangladesh has now three separate captains for three formats with Mushfiqur Rahim leading the Test side and Mashrafe at the helm of One-Day International side.