Mashrafee retain as a captain for the Tri-Series

Published: December 28, 2009

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There has been uncertainty over the fitness of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has still retained the pace spearhead as captain for the upcoming tri-nation one-day series involving India, Sri Lanka and hosts Bangladesh.

Shakib Al Hasan has been named his deputy but once again the number one all-rounder in one-day rankings will lead the team if Mashrafe fails to pass the fitness test.

The decision has been taken at the BCB’s board of directors meeting chaired by president AHM Mustafa Kamal at the headquarters in Mirpur.

“Subject to fitness, Mashrafe will appear in a practice match on December 26 and then we can only understand his position. Actually everything will depend on the report of the national team physio and whether the player himself feels comfortable to play the series. If he passes the fitness then definitely he will lead the team otherwise Shakib will do the duty as usual,” said BCB’s media committee chairman Jalal Yunus after the meeting.

A selection from the 26-member squad of the preliminary national team camp will play a practice day-night one-day match against Dhaka Premier Division League champions Mohammedan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on December 26.

And after the match it is expected that the final team will be announced for the tri-nation tournament, which will kick off with the match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on January 4 next year at Mirpur.

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