Khaled Mahmud has been named Bangladesh’s team director for the 2023 World Cup.

Mahmud has been reappointed team director, following his departure following the home series debacle against India.

The national selection committee has appointed Khaled Mahmud, former Bangladesh men’s captain and current director of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, as ‘team director’ for the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023.

Previously, Mahmud stated that he is not ready to return as team director, a position he has held since the home series against India. However, Mahmud told Cricbuzz on Tuesday that he couldn’t say ‘no’ to BCB president Nazmul Hasan’s offer for the position.

“Papon (Nazmul) bhai called me this morning and said he is including my name in the World Cup team management list, and I couldn’t say no to him,” Mahmud said.

Previously, Mahmud was a member of Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha’s management team during his first stint as national head coach, and the two get along well.

Mahmud stated that he is unsure whether he will be included in the selection process, despite the fact that he was adamant that he was included in the selection meeting the last time he was appointed as team director following their debacle in the ICC World T20 in 2021.

Mahmud, who had previously served as a technical director, decided to resign because he had no say in the selection and planning prepared by head coach Russell Domingo and other members of the team management.

Later, he was a member of the team management that was led by Sridharan Sriram in the shortest format after the BCB decided to implement split coaching, with Sriram overseeing the T20Is and Domingo overseeing the Test and ODI cricketers.