'Mortaza will lead Bangladesh in WC'

Published: Saturday, September 4, 2010, 15:21 [IST]
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Mortaza to lead Bangladesh in WC

Bangladesh fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza will lead his side in the 2011 World Cup, according to Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons.

Mortaza returned as captain for the ODI tour to England in 2009. At the time, Siddons had said Bangladesh would assess the captaincy situation after the tour.

"Mash did a really good job in England so I guess he has it until the World Cup - without a doubt, injury-free, he will be the one to lead us in the World Cup, Siddons said in an interview with cricket365.com.

"Shakib did a great job but he didn't want it to continue, he wanted to focus on his cricket more and Mashrafe was quite happy to take over the reins."

Speaking about batsman Mohammad Ashraful, Siddons said he lacked the determination to play a big innings and did not trust himself to get through difficult periods, despite his obvious talent.

Ashraful has struggled for form in 2010, averaging just 15.70 in five Tests and a paltry 19.45 in 11 ODIs leading to him being dropped from the team for the home series against England.

However, a series of injuries to key players led to his recall and he played in two ODIs against England, making 14 and 13. He has been included in the provisional squad for the upcoming New Zealand series.

"He does have to start to show he can score big scores and be consistent," Siddons said. "He's found his way out of the team for that reason. I'm not the first person who has had trouble with Ash, I guess every coach has struggled with getting consistency out of him."


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