Bangladesh have announced a replacement for injured skipper Nurul Hasan and decided who will captain the team for the crucial T20I series decider against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.
36-year-old all-rounder Mahmudullah was initially rested for the three-match T20I component of the tour of Zimbabwe, but Bangladesh have decided to turn to the veteran with the series on the line in Harare.
Mahmudullah has won a recall to the squad and may also win a place in Bangladesh’s XI for the third match of the series, with fellow all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain named to captain the side in the absence of Nurul.
Nurul – who only took over from Mahmudullah as Bangladesh’s T20I captain prior to the series – injured his left index finger while keeping during Bangladesh’s seven-wicket triumph over Zimbabwe and is likely to be sidelined for three weeks.
It means Bangladesh will turn to Mosaddek for the series decider, with the 26-year-old entering the match on the back of career-best figures of 5/20 in the second match on Sunday.
While Mosaddek is yet to captain his country at international level, he does have experience as skipper in domestic cricket in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Mosaddek formerly captained the Sylhet Thunder in Bangladesh’s domestic 20-over competition and has previously led Bangladesh A in two matches.
Bangladesh are looking for their first T20I series victory this year, with their most recent series triumph coming back in September last year against New Zealand at home.