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Old 06-Sep-2011
Bangladesh board sacks Al Hassan and Iqbal

Dhaka: Bangladesh have sacked captain Shakib Al Hassan and his deputy Tamim Iqbal following the team's dismal tour of Zimbabwe, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said yesterday.

Zimbabwe, returning to Test cricket after a six-year exile for political reasons, beat Bangladesh by 130 runs in a one-off match.

The home side also won the one-day international series 3-2, Bangladesh's first limited-overs series defeat by Zimbabwe in six years.

"Shakib and Tamim have been removed from their posts as they failed to lead the team to success in Zimbabwe," BCB spokesman Jalal Younus told reporters after a meeting of the Board of Directors.

Shakib was appointed captain on a permanent basis in February and was due to lead the team until Bangladesh's home series against Pakistan in December.

Earlier, he led the side on an interim basis in the absence of injured Mashrafe Mortaza and almost single-handedly guided Bangladesh to an unprecedented 4-0 win over New Zealand in a one-day series last year.

He came into conflict with officials when he questioned team selection before the Zimbabwe tour and received a written caution.

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