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Published: Sunday, January 25, 2004, 20:47 [IST]
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Habibul Bashar named Bangladesh's new skipper
Sunday, January 25 2004 15:17 Hrs (IST)

Dhaka:Prolific batsman Habibul Bashar has replaced Khaled Mahmud as Bangladesh's cricket captain for the upcoming tours of Zimbabwe and Namibia, officials announced in Dhaka.

The 31-year-old Bashar is Bangladesh's most successful batsman in Test cricket, having compiled 1,840 runs in 26 matches with two hundreds and 16 half-centuries.

Rajin Saleh has been named vice-captain of the 16-member squad which leaves for the twin tours this week, officials said on Sunday.

Mahmud's captaincy was under pressure after losing both Test and One-day series against England at home two months ago.

Bangladesh have lost 25 of their 26 matches since gaining Test status in 2000. They are also winless in One-dayers since beating Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup in England.

Bangladesh will play three One-day Internationals in Namibia and then two Test matches and five One-dayers in Zimbabwe in February.

Team: Habibul Bashar (captain), Rajin Saleh (vice-captain), Khaled Mashud (wicket-keeper), Tapash Baisya, Shahariar Hossain, Hannan Sarkar, Mohammad Ashraful, Tareq Aziz, Manjural Islam, Al-Sahariar, Manjurul Islam, Anwar Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahman, Alok Kapali, Mohammad Rafique, Alamgir Kabir.


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