Najmul Hossain Shanto Fulfills Dream as BCB Appoints Him All-Format Captain


The 25-year-old couldn’t express his feelings to The Daily Star due to a sore throat. Later, he texted to say that when he feels better, he’d like to talk more. Shanto appeared ecstatic about his new position.

After a board meeting at BCB headquarters, BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon told reporters they had a lengthy discussion about captaincy and decided to appoint Shanto as captain for all three formats this year.

Hassan, also the new youth and sports minister, mentioned Shakib Al Hasan was their first choice for captaincy, but uncertainties about Shakib’s availability led to the change.

BCB is taking time to choose the vice-captain based on player availability for different formats.

Shanto’s appointment wasn’t surprising, considering he led the team in all formats against New Zealand last year when Shakib was absent. Under his leadership, the Tigers won their first ODI and T20 matches against New Zealand in New Zealand, following their maiden home Test win against the same rivals. Head coach Chandika Hathurusingha praised Shanto after the white-ball tour of New Zealand.

I thought the leadership of Shanto was outstanding. He was tactically spot-on and very clear with the messages to the players and what he expects from them. The environment in the dressing room is much better as the communication is clear from Shanto,” the Sri Lankan had said.

Before, Shanto expressed feeling “ready” to become the Bangladesh skipper. This happened when he stepped in for the injured Shakib during the ICC ODI World Cup in India last year.

I’ve been doing it for a while now and personally, I think I’m ready [to lead Bangladesh]. And if I get the opportunity, definitely, I’m ready. I have learned a lot since it was my first World Cup… Playing in such an environment, this experience will help me,” Shanto had said.

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