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Mushfiqur likely to captain Bangladesh against India



Dhaka, May 15: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has said Bangladesh is not likely to change their captain Mushfiqur Rahim for their one-off Test match against India next month.

Mushfiqur came under the scanner after Bangladesh let Pakistan off the hook in the two-match Test series earlier this month.

"I don't think there needs to be any change prior to the India series," Hassan was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com on Friday.

However, Hassan has said the skipper may have to choose between leading the outfit or keeping wickets fearing both might get too stressful for him.

"Let us see what happens. But we will definitely have to come to a solution by the end of this year. We feel that for a player to keep, bat and captain a side together is too stressful. For him to stand behind the wicket all day and then play a long innings … the whole scenario can become a little demanding,” he said.

"We would want to lessen the burden on him. It's still not decided as to how we are going to do that. But the obvious move would be for him to compromise with either one duty: keeping or captaincy. We will discuss the issue with him before taking any steps."

Hassan added Mushfiqur was “poor” in the last Test in Dhaka but says he cannot think of any substitute as of now.

"I personally felt that both the captaincy and the performance of our players in the last Test was poor," Hassan said. "We are not happy. The mentality of the players wasn't right. One can't just hit the ball and survive two straight days.

"With regards to Test captaincy, if we can get a substitute, we will think about it. But at this point of time we don't have any."

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