Bangladesh news May 30, 2012

Shakib happy with IPL outcome

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh allrounder, has had only one day at home to sleep off the delirium of the Kolkata Knight Riders' maiden IPL triumph; he will play club cricket in Dhaka from Thursday. But he is not complaining, having revelled in the victory and the festivities that followed.

"It would have been better if I had played more matches [he played eight out of a possible 18], but for any team the ultimate goal is to become champions in any tournament," Shakib said. "I'm still very happy, because the IPL is a high-quality domestic tournament. It was good that I made some contributions in the team's success.

"The celebration after the victory and reception in Kolkata was amazing, and it's really something that was a new experience for me. [Franchise owner] Shah Rukh Khan was also over the moon, because the team didn't play as well in the last four tournaments."

Shakib was the only foreign player who attended the team's open-top bus parade in Kolkata, and the function at Eden Gardens where tens of thousands of fans turned up to celebrate. Though Shakib said he enjoyed every bit of it, his face was burned and his body is now pleading for a break.

There has been non-stop cricket for the world's No. 1 allrounder this year, and the three before that, and though he had wanted a break after the IPL, Bangladesh's summer schedule will keep him busy, running through to the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September. With Knight Riders' participation in the Champions League T20 in October also confirmed, Shakib will have an extra tournament to contend with in his already jam-packed schedule.

"I will play Thursday's Premier League club match; it's good that we have Twenty20 matches before the [Twenty20] World Cup. But for me, what is needed most, is a break," he said. I'm not sure, but I might request the board for a break."

Bangladesh's Twenty20 series in Zimbabwe in June and then in Ireland in July mean that Shakib will miss the Friends Life t20 in England. Paul Grayson, head coach at Essex, where Shakib is contracted, told ESPNcricinfo that the club will miss him.

"Shakib had accepted an offer to play for us. The deal was agreed upon. We were hoping he would play Twenty20, CB40 [England's domestic 40-over tournament] and some [county] championship games, and that he would stay with us until the back end of August.

"It's very disappointing [not to have him]. He is the No.1 allrounder in the world, and he ticks a lot of boxes for us. Now we have found out that the BCB have not agreed to give him a no-objection certificate. They are trying to arrange a few things and they don't want to let him go."

Shakib is in much demand in the game's shortest version, but he says he is disappointed to not get a Test anytime soon. "We [the Bangladesh team] have forgotten what a Test is!" he said. "I don't think about it anymore, that will give me tension; I will feel bad if I think about it. Better not to think about it, and just play what's coming up." Bangladesh's last Test series was against Pakistan last December.

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  • Jawwad on June 2, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    The fact that BD doesn't play sufficient Tests just proves what quality Shakib is of: NO.1 TEST all-rounder!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    shakib's haters are his motivators. you guys really need to get a life and think about your own players NOT our players.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on June 1, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Shakib has an intelligent head on his neck but BCB don't. Shakib emphasizes on TEST - the elite 4m of cricket but BCB is much eager to arrange t-20s.

  • Rocker on June 1, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Shakib ...#1 allrounder (ODI, TEST, IPL-5)...\m/

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Shakib iz the best he proved that... he is the best of all.. he is the real hero & a legend...

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    sakib is a gud allronder, but not the best.i dnt understand the criteria in ranking many matches hav he won for his team..he is nt evn comparable to yuvraj, kallis ,md.hafees etc.

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    @ asian cricket.... boss cricket is a team game .this is not tennis or badminton

  • Abdul on June 1, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    @fahim hasan do you even know what you are saying? When afridi was at the age of shakib, he has alot more than records and almost won Pakistan single-handedly more than shakib currently did for bangladesh. i am not against shakib as he is wonderful cricket and will serve bangladesh cricket for atleast 10 to 12 years but believe me as he gets older and reaches the mid 30's he'll be of no use and thats the same case of afridi although afridi still bowls brilliantly than shakib

  • S.M. TOFAZZEL on May 31, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    Sakib's concern over Test matches is really a matter should be highly considered. BCB must have to find some friends and ICC support to make our players quality test cricketers. T20 matches are like a football match but Test Match is the basic of cricket. It gives a player opportunity to try all possible chances of defending the opponent either as a bowler or batsman. There are very rare number of players who are doing good in the shorter version without having a good experience of first class or test matches. Any how Bangladesh should manage to find fixture with high ranking Test side it may be series like 1 test 1 ODI & 1 T20. A 10 days tour must be enough for that. We need not to play practice matches with the host.

  • Conrad on May 31, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Why would you not play in English county where you can benefit most experience. IPL is just all about mmoney. seriously

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