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August 8, 2013
Players/Officials: Shakib Al Hasan
Series/Tournaments: Caribbean Premier League
Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh allrounder who is playing for the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League, has said he is enjoying the success with the ball, but he is "desperate to score some runs". Shakib bowled a destructive spell of 6 for 6 in the match against the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, but is yet to taste success with the bat and has scores of 5, 1 and 1 from his three innings.
"If you told me I could take five wickets or score a hundred, I would take the hundred any day," Shakib said. "I am more satisfied getting runs than wickets. I am an allrounder, but I always prefer scoring runs more than my bowling so I am more desperate than anyone else right now I guess."
Shakib's poor form with the bat has followed him from England, where he was part of Leicestershire team in the FLT20, and managed 146 runs from nine innings with a best of 43. In his last match, Shakib's bowling spell skittled T&T out for 52, but he managed only 1 in the chase, playing on a Fidel Edwards delivery, and his wicket left the team in a precarious position at 36 for 5.
"In that situation I needed to bat. The plan was to see off Fidel because he was getting wickets and I played a rash shot," he said. "I could have left that ball easily because we were not chasing 150, 160 runs so I was frustrated with myself, not anything else."
Shakib, however, was happy with his bowling after registering the second-best T20 bowling figures. "I guess I was a bit lucky because you can't get six wickets every day in a T20 game," he said. "Bowling four overs, getting six wickets, once in a blue moon you may get it but I'll take it."
Barbados Tridents have not been affected by Shakib's lack of form with the bat and have registered three wins out of three in the tournament.
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