The decision was taken after their regular captain Tamim Iqbal ruled out of the entire ODI series against India with a groin injury. He is also doubtful for the Test series.
Litton Das has been an integral part of Bangladesh team since his 2015 debut but has never led Bangladesh in the 50-over format or Tests. He had once captained Bangladesh in a T20I game against New Zealand when Mahmadullah got injured.
BCB Cricket Operation Chairman Jalal Yunus showered praises on Litton Das for his consistency and also expressed his disappointment over Tamim Iqbal getting ruled out of the series:
“Litton is one of the more experienced players in the side and has demonstrated leadership qualities. He has a sharp cricketing mind and reads the game well.”
“It is most unfortunate to lose Tamim to injury for this very important series, especially because under his captaincy the team has played some outstanding cricket in the last couple of years and he has been our most prolific batsman in this format. He will be missed but we also feel that Liton has the attributes to do a good job as captain,” he added.
If the reports are to be believed, Shakib Al Hasan was first approached for the role but the star all-rounder refused to become the stand-in captain, and hence BCB opted for Litton Das.
Updated Bangladesh ODI Squad vs India:
Liton Das (C), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Yasir Ali, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Ebadot Hossain, Anamul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Nurul Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam (To replace Taksin Ahmed in the first ODI)
India and Bangladesh to lock horns in three-match ODI Series
Meanwhile, the Men in Blue reached Banglaxedh On December 1 and started practicing ahead of the three-match ODI series. The first of the three-match ODI series is set to be played on Sunday, December 4.
The likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul are set to return to action after resting for the tour of New Zealand that took place soon after the T20 World Cup in Australia.