Big Bash League news January 3, 2014

Shakib joins Adelaide Strikers

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Shakib Al Hasan has signed up with Adelaide Strikers as a replacement player for their injured captain Johan Botha, becoming the first Bangladeshi cricketer in the Big Bash League. He will join the side for Sunday's game against Sydney Sixers in Adelaide.

"While it is disappointing to be missing our captain at this stage of the season, we are lucky to be able to add someone as talented as Al Hasan to our line-up at such short notice," Strikers coach Darren Berry said. "Al Hasan is renowned for being cool under pressure, which is so important in this form of the game.

"He is a left-arm orthodox spinner and left-arm punishing batsman, so he will play a similar role to Botha and will help to maintain the balance in our team. We spoke to him yesterday and he is chomping at the bit to get out here to help Strikers continue our winning form and reclaim our position at the top of the table."

Shakib is currently fourth on the ICC's Twenty20 allrounder rankings. He has 1832 runs at a strike-rate of 127.57 and 148 wickets at an economy-rate of 6.60 from 116 T20 matches.

Botha sustained a thumb injury in Strikers' win over Perth Scorchers on December 31, and is likely to miss two games, with an expected return against Scorchers on January 16 in Perth. Phillip Hughes will act as captain in Botha's absence. "We will continue to monitor Johan's injury over the next week and look forward to him re-joining the team soon," Berry said.

Under the new BBL playing conditions for this season, Botha will be able to resume his place in the squad if he recovers and is fit to play before the end of the tournament.

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  • on January 7, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Shakib is best All-rounder number 1 . he can win in any team.

  • on January 6, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    well done Shakib

  • on January 6, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    I wish if SHAKIB perfome like this he will be an great performer in this tournament .... proud of BANGLADESH .....

  • on January 5, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    What a starting Performance by Shakib. Thats awesome.

  • on January 5, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Sakib played very well today......a very gd alround performance.....

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Come on SHAKIB!!!!!.Do it for BANGLADESH.It would be a practice for the world cup

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan world best Allrounder

  • on January 4, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    He is 3x the cricket Botha is and the Strikers have got a quality player in their ranks!!

  • on January 4, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    It'll be really challenge for Shakib to play on bouncy track with bat & ball

  • on January 4, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    He is the best allrounder in cricket world.I wish he play well in BBL.

  • on January 7, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Shakib is best All-rounder number 1 . he can win in any team.

  • on January 6, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    well done Shakib

  • on January 6, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    I wish if SHAKIB perfome like this he will be an great performer in this tournament .... proud of BANGLADESH .....

  • on January 5, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    What a starting Performance by Shakib. Thats awesome.

  • on January 5, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Sakib played very well today......a very gd alround performance.....

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Come on SHAKIB!!!!!.Do it for BANGLADESH.It would be a practice for the world cup

  • on January 5, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan world best Allrounder

  • on January 4, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    He is 3x the cricket Botha is and the Strikers have got a quality player in their ranks!!

  • on January 4, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    It'll be really challenge for Shakib to play on bouncy track with bat & ball

  • on January 4, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    He is the best allrounder in cricket world.I wish he play well in BBL.

  • on January 4, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Best of luck Shakib!!!Wish you a successful opening in the bis bash!!!

  • on January 4, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    he never compromise with his performance.,.,.,.,.so its the good sign that he will make his nation proud.,.,.,.,n capable to change the philosophy of Bangladesh cricket at large cricketing nation.,.,.,.,.,.,.

  • class9ryan on January 3, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Shakib is very experienced and hope this provides a good opportunity to sense the conditions before the 2015 World Cup. He might replace Botha well by his batting and bowling abilities but Strikers will miss Botha's fielding for sure.

  • RuhulChowdhury on January 3, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Brilliant news for Shakib and Bangladeshi cricket fans. It is really good to see the young Bangladeshi performing in the domestic competition of a top cricketing nation. The experience will be invaluable for him for the 2015 World Cup. All the best Shakib

  • mainul079080 on January 3, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Wao! Wao! What a news for us. Sakib , you made us proud. Thank you. May Allahpak give a long successful carier. Just keep performing and target to raise you to the next level.I mean to raise both test and ODI batting average above 40 and to keep down bowling average below 28. This is not my advice (I dont even dare to do that,i just tried to clarify). Late Bob Woolmer used to tell Kalis to raise his game to the next level and Kalis did just that. The result-one of the greatest all rounder in history. Sakib, we are proud to be a Bangladeshi.....from a doctor (DMC-K55)

  • HatersAreOrdinary on January 3, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    it will be a great experience for him and bd team will be benefited by it too as we have to play the world cup there n nz. best of luck boss you made us n our country proud. :))

  • on January 3, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Thanks Strikers! Can't wait to see him play on Sunday. Let's do it Shakib! Also an opening for BD Players

  • on January 3, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Good to see that he is playing cricket around the world!

  • on January 3, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    I think, Adelaide Strikers made the right decision of choosing Shakib as replacement of Botha. I'm very much confident that the tiger will show his class in the BBL. Good Luck to Shakib.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on January 3, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Shakib is becoming a world-wide T20 cricketer 4m BD. He has previously played in IPL, BPL, CPL & English County. Now he's gonna play in BBL. Africa is the only continent where he's yet to play for an African T20 franchise.

  • on January 3, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    from this the strikers added a huge amount of viewers , will go to mcg and etihad every time sakib plays :D

  • on January 3, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    best of luck Shakib !!!!! as a Bangladeshi we feel proud of u........

  • on January 3, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Thank you Adelaide Strikers ! All the best Shakib :))

  • TheRisingTeam on January 3, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Now big bash will get even more viewers.

  • Warm_Coffee on January 3, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    The experience will be great for him playing on there fast, bouncy pitches against quality bowlers but his technique will let him down I'm afraid.

  • on January 3, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    congrats man i wish u all the best

  • on January 3, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    It's a great news all of the Bangladeshis .................

  • on January 3, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    This will be good preparation for Shakib ahead of the World Twenty20. Now's the time to get as much match practice as possible.

  • on January 3, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    strikers will win for sure now! they have the best cricketer in the world joining there team!! all aboard the Shakibtrain!!

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Best wishes for Shakib...give some good games...

  • on January 3, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Great to see Bangladeshi players coming up! All The Best Shakib! Make it a big one!!!

  • on January 3, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Alhamdulillah and its a good news to see that someone from Bangladesh is playing in Big Bash. Hope, more players from Bangladesh will play.

  • on January 3, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    It is good news for Bangladesh cricketer that some one is playing in Big bash . Its the opening for them. We may see in near future that some more Banglaeshi player will be in Big Bash.

  • on January 3, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Best of luck Shakib al Hasan!

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on January 3, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Fantastic news! I wish Shakib all the best. Hopefully more Bangladeshi players become involved in the BBL in the near future.

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  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on January 3, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Fantastic news! I wish Shakib all the best. Hopefully more Bangladeshi players become involved in the BBL in the near future.

  • on January 3, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Best of luck Shakib al Hasan!

  • on January 3, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    It is good news for Bangladesh cricketer that some one is playing in Big bash . Its the opening for them. We may see in near future that some more Banglaeshi player will be in Big Bash.

  • on January 3, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Alhamdulillah and its a good news to see that someone from Bangladesh is playing in Big Bash. Hope, more players from Bangladesh will play.

  • on January 3, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Great to see Bangladeshi players coming up! All The Best Shakib! Make it a big one!!!

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Best wishes for Shakib...give some good games...

  • on January 3, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    strikers will win for sure now! they have the best cricketer in the world joining there team!! all aboard the Shakibtrain!!

  • on January 3, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    This will be good preparation for Shakib ahead of the World Twenty20. Now's the time to get as much match practice as possible.

  • on January 3, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    It's a great news all of the Bangladeshis .................

  • on January 3, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    congrats man i wish u all the best