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Habibul Bashar steps down as ODI captain

cricket Updated: May 27, 2007 22:45 IST

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Habibul Bashar on Sunday stepped down as skipper of the Bangladesh one-day team but said he was available for selection as a player.

"I hear lot of talks about me getting picked in the ODI team as I was the captain. So, I have decided to step down from the post to give the selectors the opportunity to pick up the team with an open mind," Bashar said after his team lost the second Test to India in Dhaka.

Bashar has been going through a prolonged form slump and during the World Cup, even his selection in the side was questioned by former players and media.

However, Bashar said that he would leave it to the selectors to decide whether he would captain the Test side or not.
"As far as Test is concerned, it's up to the selectors to decide whether I will stay captain or not," Bashar said.

He, however, said that his decision to step down from the ODI captaincy had nothing to do with his team's huge defeat against India.

Bashar said he was 'very disappointed' with the result of the second Test, but "such things happen when you are chasing a big total."

On his surprise decision to put India in, Bashar said, "We were influenced by the overcast conditions."