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, and as a result was struggling with the bat as well; he 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.
He said, “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 team is not winning. I think it is best to quit the captaincy.”
Shakib Al Hasan is among the names being considered to replace Mominul, but a full-time captain is yet to be named.
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 Test in August 2011 against Zimbabwe, before falling out of favour 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, till he was handed a one-year ban from all cricket in 2019 for failing to report a bookie’s approach.