5 potential candidates for Bangladesh Test captaincy
Captaincy isn’t a stroll in the park by any stretch of the imagination. One is always under the pump to live up to expectations, both of the team management and the general public. Moreover, a skipper at the international arena comes under the scanner whenever his/her side struggles to perform.
Mushfiqur Rahim, apart from being a potent wicket-keeper batsman, has also been a skilful leader for Bangladesh at the highest level. However, the Bogra-born cricketer has recently attracted criticism from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) following the team’s drubbing at the hands of South Africa.
The current skipper took some unexpected decisions- fielding first on flat pitches being one of them- which didn’t go down well with the management. It won’t be bewildering if the BCB decides to take him down from the leader’s role.
Nevertheless, going forward, there are players who have the ability to lead the national team in Test cricket. In the slideshow, we take a look at five potential skippers of Bangladesh in the longest format of the sport.
#5 Sabbir Rahman
Young, unflinching and exuberant, there’s no doubting Sabbir Rahman’s skills with the willow. He likes to play the role of an aggressor and hardly shies away from unleashing his wide range of strokes. He has been successfully plying his trade for Bangladesh in limited-overs cricket for the last three years.
Nevertheless, Test cricket is a different ball game altogether where Sabbir doesn’t have much of an experience. However, after making his debut against England, a year ago, Rahman has added a new dimension to his batting- the cool, calm and collected approach.
As a skipper, he is a handy prospect for Bangladesh as he has displayed a cricketing brain, which is required to successfully lead a side.
It might be a gamble to make Sabbir the leader, but his blend of aggression and calmness might just turn around Bangladesh’s fortunes in Test cricket.