The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) today announced opening batsman Tamim Iqbal Khan as the Bangladesh ODI Captain. The decision was made at the 8th meeting of the BCB Board of Directors.
Declaring Tamim as captain, BCB President Nazmul Hassan, MP said: “Masrafe Bin Mortaza has recently stepped down from the ODI captaincy after a fantastic tenure. I firmly believe that the achievements in the one-day format would not have been possible without him leading the team. Now is the time for someone else to take over the reign and carry Bangladesh forward.
“We have selected Tamim as captain expecting him to lead the team long-term.”
The 30-year-old Tamim is one of the most experienced members of Bangladesh side having made his international debut in 2007. He is the highest scorer in ODIs for Bangladesh with 7202 runs in 207 matches. His 13 one-day hundreds is also the most by a Bangladeshi batsman. Tamim has already captained Bangladesh in three ODIs in Sri Lanka in 2019 when he stood in for his predecessor Mortaza who was unavailable for the series due to injury.
“This is a massive honour for me. I thank the BCB for trusting me with this responsibility. I am aware that I have huge shoes to fill as Masrafe Bin Mortaza has been a true great for Bangladesh cricket and a model of inspiration as captain for me and all the cricketers.
“The journey that begins now will have its ups and downs. We all want the Bangladesh ODI Team to be successful and when we are victorious it is a celebration for the entire nation. I hope the Board, the fans and the media will support me through the tough moments as well as during the good times.”