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Litton Still on the Run for Bangladesh ODI Captaincy

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Litton Still on the Run for Bangladesh ODI Captaincy

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Litton Das is considering the option of becoming the permanent ODI captain of Bangladesh. This comes as the cricket board is trying to persuade Shakib Al Hasan, an experienced all-rounder, to take on the captaincy from Tamim Iqbal. The captain position became available after Tamim stepped down from the role on August 3rd.

There are rumors within the team that Shakib may not be keen on captaining the side in the Asia Cup. He seems to want to observe how Litton, who was originally Tamim’s deputy, manages the challenges of a tournament involving multiple teams. Some officials in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) argue that Shakib is comfortable leading the team in all three formats. However, the team management has not confirmed either viewpoint.

After their urgent meeting on August 8th, the BCB declared that they will reveal the new ODI captain by August 12th. This aligns with the Asian Cricket Council’s deadline to announce squads for the upcoming Asia Cup. The tournament is scheduled to take place in Pakistan and Sri Lanka starting from August 30th.


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Bangladesh’s head coach, Chandika Hathurusingha, arrived in Dhaka on August 9th and held a meeting with the selection panel members at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday. After the meeting with Hathurusingha, the selectors also met with BCB president Nazmul Hasan to seek approval for the team that is expected to be announced shortly.

“Our president (BCB) is talking with Shakib to know his mind and if he agrees to lead the ODI squad it is one thing, otherwise we need to think about other options,” said an official aware about the development. He mentioned that, apart from Shakib, the emergency meeting also considered Litton and Mehidy Hasan as potential successors to Tamim for the captaincy.

During a private event in Dhaka on Thursday, Litton, who led the Bangladesh team in ODIs against India at home and in the recent series against Afghanistan, was questioned about his interest in becoming the permanent ODI captain. He responded by saying that the decision rests with the BCB, but he assured that if given the chance to lead, he would give his utmost effort and commitment.

“This (captaincy) is a matter of the Cricket Board. You will know about it (captaincy) in one or two days. Rather than me talking about it if you get it from the board it will be better. I don’t think it will be wise for me to speak about it from any point because I am the employee of the board and also get paid by them,” Litton said.

“Just wait for a while because within one or two days you will have a clear picture. Because I am playing for a long time, if the team wants something good from me, I also try to give something good to the country. I will try to give my hundred percent (if selected as the captain) which I always do,” he added.

Bangladesh is expected to reveal their ODI squad on Friday, pending a decision from their preferred candidate, Shakib. The 36-year-old, who currently leads the Test and T20I teams, has previously captained Bangladesh in one-day cricket as well, including during the 2011 World Cup.


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