Barbados v Jamaica, 2nd semi-final, CPL, Port-of-Spain

Shakib wants to contribute runs for Barbados

Renaldo Matadeen

August 22, 2013

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Shakib Al Hasan appeals, Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors, Caribbean Premier League, Port-of-Spain, August 11, 2013
Shakib Al Hasan has taken 11 wickets at an economy-rate of 5.58 for Barbados Tridents © Getty Images
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Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh allrounder, is disappointed with his batting form so far in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League but is glad to have contributed with the ball. Shakib's franchise Barbados Tridents will take on Jamaica Tallawahs in the second semi-final in Port-of-Spain on Friday.

"I am a bit down about that (batting) but my team-mates support me because they always tell me these Caribbean pitches are not the easiest to adapt to," Shakib said. "I really want to come good with some runs though."

Shakib has averaged 3.66 with the bat in six innings but has taken 11 wickets at an economy-rate of 5.58, including figures of 6 for 6 against Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in Bridgetown, which was the second-best bowling performance in Twenty20s. He said the Caribbean pitches had kept him on his toes and his team's at-times unconventional and cavalier approach had also suited his attacking style of bowling.

Despite Barbados losing their last three matches, Shakib felt they were ready to try and recover the form achieved at the start of the CPL, when they won their first four games. "It's a new game. Whatever happened in the first round, is over and gone. It's all coming down to these semis so we're all back to square one. I know we have the talent and we're confident enough to win the trophy. I want it. That's my purpose here. Jamaica is the first hurdle but we're ready."

Shakib said he and Bangladesh team-mate Tamim Iqbal, who played for St Lucia Zouks, had enjoyed themselves in the CPL. "I am getting immense practice ahead of us (Bangladesh) hosting New Zealand (in October). I was able to share my past experience as a captain with the Caribbean guys and I think this is a great move for other players from my country to potentially join. I learnt a lot playing with the likes of (Kieron) Pollard and Shoaib (Malik) and everyone else in our camp.

Bangladesh cricket was progressing in the right manner, according to Shakib. "We are coming up in the world and I think once we invest and have more academies, infrastructure and more international experience under our belt, we are on the path to success. I want to take Bangladesh higher on the world scale. I have the motivation, wherever I am."

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (August 23, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

all the best our super hero..........

Posted by   on (August 23, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

All The Best for bangladeshi hero Shakib Al Hasan.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

Shakib, Good Luck. We want you to win the trophy and in the process keep Bangladesh flag high in Wes Indies and make us proud.

Posted by LIShovon on (August 23, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

Shakib the great! He will be the man of the tournament...

Posted by Rafelgibt on (August 23, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

Well said Shakib and now rock the world once again with your outstanding all round performance.Go TIGER Go>>>>

Posted by   on (August 22, 2013, 23:13 GMT)

All The Best Shakib Al Hasan.Your team-mate Tamim Iqbal Well Played for St Lucia Zouks.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (August 22, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

The good thing is that players are already getting fit and playing abroad and should boast them well for New Zealand series.

Posted by Bipool on (August 22, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

" I want to take Bangladesh higher on the world scale. I have the motivation, wherever I am." ... It is a great commitment from sakib. We all are with you

Posted by   on (August 22, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

go foward shakib 160 million people are with u.good luck.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

go foward shakib 160 million people are with u.good luck.

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Tallawahs v Amazon at Port of Spain - Aug 24, 2013
Tallawahs won by 7 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
Tallawahs v Tridents at Port of Spain - Aug 23, 2013
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