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Tamim Iqbal named new Bangladesh ODI skipper
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Tamim Iqbal named new Bangladesh ODI skipper

Tamim Iqbal has been appointed the full-time skipper of Bangladesh's ODI side as he replaces pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza in the leadership position.

Mashrafe stepped down from his role this week after the third and final game against Zimbabwe, ending his influential and successful captaincy stint on a winning note. Mashrafe is considered to have played a key role in elevating Bangladesh's status from the underdogs to a group of world-beaters with strong showings in ICC events.

Tamim's promotion comes at the back of other likely candidates in Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad being overlooked.

The announcement was made by Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan at a press conference after lengthy deliberations between the governing body's board of directors.

"The board has unanimously selected Tamim Iqbal as our new ODI captain," Nazmul said.

"We thought of appointing a captain for a short duration and then giving the job to someone else next year. But we finally decided against a short-term appointment. We hope Tamim would serve for a long term," he added.

Tamim boasts the experience of captaining Bangladesh earlier when he led the team in Mashrafe's absence during the Sri Lanka series last year following the conclusion of the World Cup. Bangladesh went on to lose all three matches and Tamim struggled for runs in the ODIs.

His first assignment now in charge of the side will be against Pakistan in the one-off ODI in Karachi on April 1.