Mominul Haque steps down as Bangladesh Test captain | Cricket News



DHAKA: Bangladesh Tests captain Mominul Haque said he was quitting on Tuesday to focus on his stick, after poor form so far this year.
The 30-year-old announced his decision during a meeting with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chiefs at the home of board chairman Nazmul Hassan.
His stick has come under heavy criticism following the country’s Test series loss to Sri Lanka earlier this month. There have been calls for him to step down ahead of next month’s West Indies tour.
“I just told them that I couldn’t contribute to the team as a captain and that I failed to motivate the team. So I think it’s better than someone else in hands over responsibility,” Mominul told reporters after the meeting.
“I think if I can concentrate on my stick it will be good for me as well as for the team.”
Mominul has only scored half a century and collected 162 points in six Test matches in 2022.
His form abandoned him after an 88 innings in Bangladesh’s shock eight-wicket win over New Zealand at Mount Maunganui in January.
He scored just 11 runs in three sets in the recent series against Sri Lanka, which Bangladesh lost 0-1.
He said BCB Chairman Nazmul asked him to continue during the meeting, but he expressed reluctance.
Mominul’s mentor and coach, Nazmul Abedin Fahim, told AFP that the captaincy had “affected his stick to some extent”.
“So I think he should get rid of that charge to get back to batting form,” he added.
Mominul scored 3,525 runs in 53 Tests, with 11 centuries – the highest of any Bangladeshi batsman.
The BCB have appointed Mominul as test captain for the West Indies tour but there is local speculation that Shakib Al Hasan will be reappointed as test captain.
Mominul took over from Shakib in November 2019 after the latter was banned by the International Cricket Council for his failure to report corrupt approaches.
A board official had said earlier in the morning that he was ready to change the captain for the series if Mominul wished.
“Mominul was made captain at a time of crisis. We have to show him some respect. If he decides to step down, we will look for a replacement,” cricket operations chief Jalal Yunus told AFP.
The team will leave for the West Indies on June 5.
Bangladesh will also play three Twenty20 internationals and three one-day internationals during the tour.


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