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Ahead of the upcoming Asia Cup 2022, Bangladesh Cricket Board has appointed ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan as the captain of the Bangladesh T20I team. Shakib is presently the Test captain of his country too. While announcing the decision, Bangladesh Cricket Board also stated that the veteran allrounder has been appointed as the captain till the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.

The development comes just a few days after Shakib had landed in trouble for his association with a betting site. Bangladesh Cricket Board had ordered him to end the association and had threatened to drop him from the team. Later, Shakib ended his association with the betting site, thus clearing the way for his participation in the upcoming Asia Cup.

Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

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According to Cricbuzz, the allrounder sat with the BCB president Nazmul Hasan at his residence on Sunday for a closed door meeting hours after arriving from the USA. The duo were later joined by team director Khaled Mahmud, BCB’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin and his selection panel member Habibul Bashar as well as BCB cricket operation chairman Jalal Yunus and a couple of other board directors.

”Shakib al Hasan is the captain till the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup,” BCB cricket operation chairman Jalal Yunus told reporters after the meeting.

”He admitted that he made a mistake (signing the deal with Betwinner News) and he said that won’t make any further mistake and we are hopeful,’‘ he added.

Captaincy role not new for Shakib Al Hasan:

Shakib Al Hasan has led Bangladesh in the T20Is before. The star allrounder had filled in as the stand-in T20I skipper in 2009-10 when he led the side in four games. He was also the T20I skipper of the team after Mashrafe Mortaza’s retirement before being suspended by the ICC. In his second stint, he led Bangladesh from 2017 to 2019.

Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Meanwhile, Asia Cup 2022 is scheduled to begin from August 27. Bangladesh are placed in Group B along with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. They were the runners-up in the last edition and will be looking to go one step ahead this time.