3 June 2007

Ashraful named Bangladesh captain

Habibul Bashir has lost the captaincy of Tests as well as ODIs in Bangladesh after the Bangladeshi board announced 22-year old Mohammed Ashraful as captain in both forms of the game. They have also named Mushrafe Murtaza as vice-captain.

Ashraful has been around for a long time after bursting onto the international scene with a century on debut against Sri Lanka shortly after his 17th birthday. Subsequently he's played some great innings, such as his century in Cardiff against the Australians in 2005, taking Bangladesh to an unlikely victory, but his form has been so patchy that he's been dropped more than once since he first broke into the side.

He has undoubted talent and the selectors must be hoping that the additional responsibility will improve his shot selection which has at times been found wanting, as his batting average of less than 25 in both forms of the game shows. He has a lot to prove.