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Shakib does not have much interest in Test cricket, says BCB chief

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan said Shakib Al Hasan is the right candidate to continue leading the Test side despite his reluctance to stay on as captain following the humiliating defeat to Afghanistan at home.

Nazmul conceded the star all-rounder displayed little enthusiasm for the conventional five-day format.

Bangladesh were trounced by the Rashid Khan-led Afghanistan in the one-off encounter in Chittagong, becoming the first team to lose to ten different oppositions in Test cricket.

"We have noticed he did not have much interest in Test (cricket). You have seen that when we were touring foreign countries, he wanted to have a break during the Tests," Nazmul told reporters in Dhaka.

"Naturally he might have less interest. But we never heard that he has less interest in captaincy. If he is skipper, then he has to play. If you are not skipper, then you can skip," he said.

His comments came after Shakib revealed he is not interested in continuing the captaincy duty.

The embarrassing 224-run loss to minnows Afghanistan exposed the inherent deficiencies in Bangladesh's batting line-up.

Their defeat to Afghanistan follows a disappointing World Cup campaign and 0-3 whitewash by Sri Lanka in ODIs.

Shakib, who was the standout performer for his side at the showpiece event in England and Wales, claimed his game would improve if he were not in charge of leading the side.

"It will be best if I didn't have to lead. I personally believe it will be good for my game," Shakib told reporters.

"And if I have to continue leading, then obviously there is a lot to discuss about (with the board)," he said.

Nazmul dismissed the concerns over the future of Shakib's captaincy and said he would discuss the matter with the left-handed batsman later.

"Our boys are emotional. I will speak with him when things get calm," he said.

Shakib will captain Bangladesh in the home tri-nation T20 tournament involving Afghanistan and Zimbabwe as the other teams.