BAN vs IND: Liton Das replaced an injured Tamim Iqbal as Bangladesh skipper©AFP
Bangladesh named batsman Liton Das on Friday as captain for the one-day international series against India starting this weekend, replacing injured Tamim Iqbal. The three-game series kicks off in Dhaka on Sunday, with the tourists also playing two Tests during their month-long visit. Regular captain Tamim was ruled out of the ODI series on Wednesday after suffering a groin injury during a pre-season friendly in the capital. He is also doubtful for the Test series, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said in a statement.
Das, 28, has been a solid runs-scorer since his debut in 2015, but has never led Bangladesh in the 50-over format or Tests.
His only experience as an international captain came last year during a Twenty20 match against New Zealand.
“Liton is one of the more experienced players in the side and has demonstrated leadership skills. He has a sharp cricketing mind and a good read of the game,” BCB Cricket Operations Chief Jalal Yunus said in a statement.
But Yunus added that the team would miss Tamim’s leadership on the tour.
“Under his captaincy the team has played some excellent cricket in recent years and he has been our most prolific batsman in this format,” he said.
“He will be missed, but we also feel that Liton has the qualities to do well as captain.”
India arrived in Bangladesh on Thursday for their first tour there since 2015.
The first two ODIs will be held in Dhaka on December 4 and 7, while the third will be held in Chittagong on December 10, after which both sides will play one test in each city.
Rain forced a draw in the only Test on India’s final visit to Bangladesh as the hosts won that year’s ODI series 2–1.
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