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|Khaled Mahmud quits International cricket|
Monday, January 26 2004 09:32 Hrs (IST)
"The way I was shown the door is insulting," said the 32-year-old after being replaced by prolific batsman Habibul Bashar as the national team's skipper.
Mahmud's captaincy was under pressure after losing both Test and One-day series against England at home two months ago.
He scored 266 runs and bagged 13 wickets in 12 Test matches. In 53 One-day Internationals, he made 708 runs and claimed 43 victims.
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, cricket board officials said.
Bangladesh have lost 25 of their 26 matches since gaining Test status in 2000. The other match was a draw against Zimbabwe. 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-March.
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.
Habibul Bashar named Bangla's new skipper