2018 Nidahas Trophy: Injured Shakib Al Hasan to captain Bangladesh

Bangladesh are walking into the 2018 Nidahas Trophy with a lot of uncertainty after naming Shakib Al Hasan as their captain for the tournament and picking two out-of-form players in Imrul Kayes and Sabbir Rehman for the upcoming T20I series against India and Sri Lanka.

Shakib Al Hasan is a doubtful starter for the 2018 Nidahas Trophy T20I Tri-Series

Shakib Al Hasan is still battling with his finger injury which kept him out of the recently concluded Test and T20I series against Sri Lanka with Mahmudullah taking over the reigns as Bangladesh’s captain.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) tried very hard to convince Mashrafe Mortaza to reconsider his decision to come back from T20I retirement, however, Mortaza decided to turn down the offer which forced BCB to name Shakib Al Hasan as their captain for the 2018 Nidahas Trophy.

[READ: All you need to know about the 2018 Nidahas Trophy.]

Bangladesh Cricket Board defended their decision to select Imrul Kayes and Sabbir Rehman for the upcoming T20I series which sounded more of a hope than conviction. National selector Minhajul Abedin claimed that Kayes being an opener can play the fast bowlers and is hopeful of Sabbir Rehman regaining his form after playing in the PSL 2018.

Shakib is only hopeful to play 1-2 matches as he is still recovering from his finger injury which gets worse while batting. Bangladesh are likely to continue with Mahmudullah captaining the side with a new head coach in form of Courtney Walsh.

Courtney Walsh to be acting coach for Bangladesh

Courtney Walsh was with the Bangladeshi national side as their bowling coach but will take over as the head coach from Chandika Hathurusingha who has joined Sri Lankan national side and will coach the Lankans against his former employers Bangladesh.

Walsh’s appointment has left Richard Halsall’s future with the Bangladesh team in doubt after the Zimbabwean was first announced as the interim manager of the side but is waiting to know his new role with Walsh taking over as the new head coach of Bangladesh ahead of the 2018 Nidahas Trophy.