Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque announced his resignation on Tuesday to focus on his batting after a poor season. During a meeting with BCB officials, the 30-year-old made the news at the house of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan. His batting has come under assault after the country’s Test series loss to Sri Lanka earlier this month. There have been calls for him to resign ahead of his trip to the West Indies next month.

“I basically told them that as a captain, I am unable to contribute to the squad and that I have failed to motivate the team. As a consequence, I feel that delegating the responsibility to someone else is better. I feel that if I can concentrate on my hitting, both myself and the team will benefit.” Mominul briefed reporters after the meeting.

Mominul has just one half-century and 162 runs in six Test matches in 2022. His form waned after an 88-run innings in Bangladesh’s eight-wicket victory against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui in January. He said that BCB president Nazmul had invited him to stay for the remainder of the meeting, but he had rejected.

Mominul’s instructor and coach, Nazmul Abedin Fahim, told AFP that the leadership has “hurt his batting to some degree.” “So, I feel he has to lose weight in order to get back into batting shape,” he said.

Mominul has the most Test runs of any Bangladeshi hitter, with 3,525 runs in 53 games and 11 hundreds. The BCB selected Hel as Test captain for the West Indies tour, although there is speculation that Shakib Al Hasan may be reappointed.