Tamim to lead Bangladesh against Pakistan, named new ODI captain

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Dhaka: Left-handed opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has been named Bangladesh’s new one-day international (ODI) captain, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed on Sunday.

The 30-year-old is replacing right-arm seamer Mashrafe Mortaza, who stepped down earlier this week and captained Bangladesh for the last time against Zimbabwe in Sylhet.

Tamim’s first assignment as a full-time captain will be against Pakistan in Karachi for a one-off ODI on April 1.

Iqbal is Bangladesh’s leading scorer in ODIs, having scored 7,202 runs since making his debut in 2007. The left-hander also has the most ODI centuries (13) and half-centuries (47) for the Bangla Tigers.

“This is a massive honor for me, I thank the BCB for trusting me with this responsibility,” Tamim said in a statement.

“I’m aware that I have huge shoes to fill, Mortaza has been a true great for Bangladesh cricket and a model of inspiration as captain for me and all the cricketers all over the nation,” he added.

Bangladesh recently beat Zimbabwe 3-0 in an ODI series, where he scored two centuries, including a career-high 158. Bangladesh will now take on the same opponent in a two-match T20 series next week.

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