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Mushfiqur Rahim was replaced by Shakib Al Hasan as captain of Bangladesh National Test cricket team. Besides, Mahmudullah Riyad has been given the responsibility of the vice-captain.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Cricket Board on Sunday evening, which was anticipated following the Test debacle during the Tigers’ South Africa tour earlier this year.

Shakib was rested for the Test series, following which Chandika Hathurusingha resigned as head coach of the Tigers.

Shakib, who also captains the Twenty20 team, will have Mahmudullah Riyad as his deputy.

“The teams for the other formats will remain the same,” BCB President Nazmul Hassan said at a media briefing.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur drew criticism after blaming the bowlers for the defeats in South Africa.

Earlier, while bringing changes to the ODI and T20I teams, the BCB chief had said they wanted Mushfiqur to concentrate more on batting.
On Sunday, he said this was not the only reason behind replacing him with Shakib as captain.

“We thought some changes were needed here,” he said.

“And we want the best from Mushfiqur in batting. We think he should focus on batting and that’s why we are taking some pressure off him,” he added.

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