New Bangladesh T20 captain pledges ‘fearless’ cricket | Cricket News

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s new Twenty20 skipper Nourul Hasan said on Sunday he would push his side to play “fearless cricket” to improve their trailing performance in the game’s shortest format.
Bangladesh this week named Nurul captain for a three-game series against resting captain Zimbabwe Mahmudullah Riyadhthat the local media announced for an imminent retirement.
“We are behind in Tests and T20s compared to one-day internationals. It is important for us that we improve,” Nurul said in his first press conference as captain in Dhaka.
“For me fearless cricket is important. We’ll see if we can do that,” he added.
“If we remain fearless, the chances of things turning positive will be high. When you are afraid of failure, it will affect you negatively.”
Riyadh’s absence means Bangladesh will play a series for the first time in many years without a single member of the squad’s ‘Fabulous Four’.
Senior cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim was also rested for the Zimbabwe Series, while all-round star Shakib Al Hasan took personal leave and batsman Tamim Iqbal announced his retirement from T20I this week.
Nurul has been tasked with leading the team into a new era, with the ICC T20 World Cup just months away.
He inherited a team that has won just one of its last 13 games and is currently ranked ninth in the world.
Bangladesh will play three T20Is against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club ground from July 30.
They will also play a tri-nation tournament in New Zealand alongside Pakistan in October ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia.

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