Mominul Haque steps down as Bangladesh Test captain

Bangladesh has won just three Tests under the leadership of Mominul Haque while, losing 12 and drawing two of them.

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Mominul Haque steps down as Bangladesh Test captain |

Mominul Haque has resigned as Bangladesh's Test captain, following the team's series defeat at home against Sri Lanka. Mominul, who has led the side in the longest format since October 2019, was being weighed down by the pressures of captaincy. As a result, he was struggling with the bat as well.

Mominul Haque steps down as Bangladesh Test captain |

Mominul Haque

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Mominul has averaged just 16.20 in 2022, with 162 runs from six matches. Overall, Bangladesh won just three Tests under Mominul's leadership, losing 12 and drawing two.

"When you play well, even if the team doesn't win, you are still in a position to motivate them. I felt that captaining a side is tough when I am not scoring and the team is not winning. I think it is best to quit the captaincy.

Mominul Haque said

"I feel I should focus on my batting. It wasn't a hard decision. A captain has to contribute otherwise it brings a lot of pressure. The board president told me to stay on but I don't want to be the captain."

Though Bangladesh began 2022 with a historic victory against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui, they lost four of their next five Tests, falling to series defeats against both South Africa and Sri Lanka. It is understood that following the loss in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Mirpur last week, Mominul met with the BCB president Nazmul Hassan, indicating his wish to step down from the captaincy in order to focus on his batting.

Shakib Al Hasan is among the names being considered to replace Mominul

Shakib Al Hasan is among the names being considered to replace Mominul, but a full-time captain is yet to be named.

"I am not concerned about Mominul's captaincy. I didn't hear anything from the coaches too. He is not getting runs, which is always a worry for a batsman. Mominul is going through a mental crisis. I told him immediately after the Dhaka Test that we believe in him."

Nazmul told Daily Star

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"I also heard Shakib's name is in discussion for Test captaincy. Shakib used to be captain in all three formats but now I have to know what is he available for? He cannot make last-minute decisions about his availability when he is the captain.

"We have to discuss with him first. There are also other names being discussed. We have to take a well-thought-out decision. We cannot make someone a captain on a whim." he added.

Shakib has had numerous stints as Bangladesh's Test captain in the past, first leading the side in a game against West Indies in 2009. He captained the team for six more matches in the first half of 2010, and more Tests in August 2011 against Zimbabwe, before falling out of favor with the then BCB chief Mustafa Kamal. Shakib then took over the Test captaincy once again in December 2017, replacing Mushfiqur Rahim. Shakib held the role for nearly two years.

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