Bangladesh on Friday announced a replacement for captain Tamim Iqbal, who was ruled out of the three-match ODI series against Dhaka India from Sunday. With the explosive southpaw opener sidelined due to a groin injury, Bangladesh has given Litton Das the chance to lead the side. Litton, who was Bangladesh’s highest scorer in ODIs this year with 500 runs in 10 innings at an average of 62.50, had previously captained a T20I match, but Sunday marks his first draw as ODI captain.
“Litton is one of the more experienced players in the side and has shown leadership ability. He has a sharp cricketing mind and reads the game well,” Jalal Yunus, BCB’s chairman of cricket operations, said in a statement. “It is very unfortunate to lose Tamim to injury for this very important series, especially as the team under his captaincy has played excellent cricket over the last few years and he has been our most prolific batsman in this format.”
Tamim’s injury is a second major blow to Bangladesh as Taskin Ahmed was already out of the first ODI due to a back injury and Shoriful Islam took his place. Litton, who scored an impressive 60 strike in the T20 World Cup against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, almost took his team home. Litton would hope for a better showing on his ODI debut as captain, as in the T20I he was dismissed for a golden duck in a rain-frustrated match.
Moreover, Litton has huge shoes to fill as Bangladesh have been in decent shape under Tamim, winning eight of their twelve ODIs. The series will kick-start India’s first tour of Bangladesh since 2015, where the hosts won the ODI series 2-1 and a one-off Test was drawn with rain spoiling the game.
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