Following Tamim Iqbal’s shocking decision of his retirement from international cricket on Thursday, Litton Das has been selected Bangladesh’s captain for the remaining matches of the ODI series versus Afghanistan at home.
In the ODI series versus Afghanistan, Litton, who had previously only served as a stand-in skipper for Bangladesh, served as vice-captain. Shakib Al Hasan has emerged as the front-runner to replace him as captain of the ODI team to go along with his leadership positions in Tests and T20Is. It is anticipated that he would just serve as a stopgap skipper for the remainder of this series.
When Tamim sustained an injury before India’s tour of Bangladesh in December 2022, Litton filled in as ODI captain and led the squad to a 2-1 series victory. In June of this year, while Shakib was recuperating from a finger injury, he also captained Bangladesh in a Test match victory over Afghanistan. In one T20I, a humiliating loss to New Zealand in Auckland in April 2021, Litton also took the lead.
Yesterday against Afghanistan was my last international game: Tamim Iqbal
Three months before the ODI World Cup in India and the day before the second ODI versus Afghanistan in Chattogram, Tamim made the agonising decision to retire from international cricket on Thursday.
An emotional Tamim Iqbal came in front of the media to announce this heartbreaking decision. He said, “This is the end for me. I have given my best. I have tried my best. I am retiring from international cricket from this moment. Yesterday against Afghanistan was my last international game. It was not a sudden decision. I was thinking about the different reasons. I don’t want to mention here. I have spoken to my family members about it. I thought this is the right time for me to retire from international cricket.”
Afghanistan has a 1-0 series advantage after winning the first ODI, which was postponed due to rain, by 17 runs. On Saturday, the second ODI is scheduled to be played.