Mominul steps down as Bangladesh Test captain

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Mominul Haque has resigned as Bangladesh’s Test captain, following the team’s series defeat at home against Sri Lanka.

ESPNcricinfo understands that 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. Though Bangladesh began 2022 with a historic victory against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui, they lost four of their next five Tests, falling to series defeats against both South Africa and Sri Lanka. It is understood that following the loss in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Mirpur last week, Mominul met with the BCB President Nazmul Hassan, indicating his wish to step down from the captaincy in order to focus on his batting. Shakib Al Hasan is among the names being considered to replace Mominul, but a full-time captain is yet to be named. (ESPN)