Nurul Hasan Sohan appointed as new Bangladesh T20I Skipper for upcoming tour of Zimbabwe

Nurul Hasan Sohan
Nurul Hasan Sohan appointed as new Bangladesh T20I Skipper for upcoming tour of Zimbabwe. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batter Nurul Hasan Sohan said that he is up for the challenge of leading the side in T20Is in the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe later this month.

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“Obviously, it is a challenge for me, but I am up for it,” said Sohan to The Daily Star today after being named the captain for the three-match T20I series against Zimbabwe, slated to begin on July 30 in Harare.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a young T20I side for the Zimbabwe tour, resting the likes of usual T20I skipper Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim. Premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will also be missing the tour as he has been granted leave.

With Bangladesh losing 11 of their last 12 T20Is, Sohan will have a steep challenge in regrouping an inexperienced side. However, the 28-year-old insisted that playing as a unit could help Bangladesh perform better and recover from their ongoing slump in the format.

Nurul Hasan Sohan
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“I am confident that if we can play as a unit then we can perform a lot better. My aim will be to make the team stick together as a family and play as a unit. I led teams in the domestic circuit but leading the national team is obviously different. But I am confident that if everyone contributes from their end then my job will become much easier,” Sohan reiterated.

Aside from leading the side, the wicketkeeper batter, who had a decent outing in the ODIs against the West Indies earlier this month, will also aim to improve his stats in T20Is. Playing a total of 33 T20Is, Sohan has scored only 271 runs at an average of 12.90. His highest in the format is an unbeaten 30-run knock at home against Zimbabwe in 2016.

“As a player, I have a specific role and as I will be leading the side, I will try to balance that,” Sohan concluded.


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