Bangladesh select Rahman as tour captain

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Bangladesh have named Naimur Rahman as the captain of the team which will play in the International Cricket Council knock-out tournament in Nairobi and tour South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Bangladesh have named Naimur Rahman as the captain of the team which will play in the International Cricket Council knock-out tournament in Nairobi and tour South Africa and Zimbabwe.

"Rahman is a capable young player who can lead the team in the country's debut as a Test-playing nation," the Bangladesh Cricket Board president, Saber Hossain Chowdhury, said. Bangladesh gained Test status at an International Cricket Council meeting in London in June this year.

Rahman replaces Aminul Islam, who led Bangladesh in the 1999 World Cup in Britain, when wins against Pakistan and Scotland helped achieve Test status. The new captain has scored 327 runs in 20 one-day internationals and has taken eight wickets.

The Nairobi knock-out tournament, which involves all 10 Test countries plus Kenya, begins on 3 October. The Bangladesh team will then go to South Africa and Zimbabwe to play a few first-class matches against provincial teams.

The Cricket Foundation has announced its development funding awards for 2000-2001. A total of £2.7m has been awarded to the 38 county boards, plus the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands, together with awards for a number of othernational projects.

The annual awards to county boards range from £136,000 to Yorkshire to £40,000 to Huntingdonshire. Of the £2.7m award, £1m goes towards employment of county development officers, whose work is vital to the game's development, and towards supporting the volunteers upon whom the game relies so much.

In addition to funding county boards, Cricket Foundation trustees have committed £132,000 to improving the England and Wales Cricket Board national coaching scheme by the introduction of a nationwide, county by county, network of workshops and conferences.

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