Dhaka: Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal have been axed as Bangladesh captain and vice-captain respectively following the side's dismal performance on the recent tour of Zimbabwe.
"We thought they could improve their behaviour, but now we have no choice other than [to take] a hard line," Jalal Yunus, the BCB media chairman, said at a short press conference. "We took this decision after receiving reports from the different people on tour." Neither Shakib nor Tamim could be reached for comments.
Bangladesh were expected to prevail against Zimbabwe, who were making their Test return after five years out of the format, but slid to an embarrassing 130-run loss in the only Test in Harare. The defeat came after Tamim claimed that Zimbabwe's opening bowlers, Kyle Jarvis and Brian Vitori, were ordinary. Vitori and Jarvis chipped in with four-wicket hauls as Zimbabwe completed victory.