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Shakib to lead Bangladesh in remaining NZ matches

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been appointed captain of Bangladesh for the reminder of the home series against New Zealand, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Friday.

cricket Updated: Oct 08, 2010 14:27 IST

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been appointed captain of Bangladesh for the reminder of the home series against New Zealand, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Friday.

Shakib was named captain after regular skipper Mashrafee Mortaza was ruled out of the series with an ankle injury sustained in Tuesday's first match, which Bangladesh won by nine runs.

The second one-dayer in the five-match series was washed out on Friday. Shakib, who led Bangladesh most of the last season in the absence of the injured Mortaza, was initially reluctant to take the job again but agreed after an emergency meeting of the BCB's technical evaluation committee.

"We have consulted Shakib and he has agreed to captain the side in this series," said the BCB in a statement. "We have not decided on a deputy for him and in case he has to leave the field for any reason he will pick the vice captain."

The third match of the series will be held at the same venue on Oct 11. "With Mortaza injured, the board will discuss the captaincy issue again after the series," BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus told reporters in a news conference.