County news March 29, 2013

Shakib bolsters Leicestershire T20 challenge

ESPNcricinfo staff

Leicestershire have added Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh allrounder, to their roster for the Friends Life t20 tournament in a move which earmarks the tournament as their biggest priority of the season.

A young Leicestershire squad is expected to struggle over a long Championship season in Division Two, but the county has T20 pedigree - reaching the Champions League in 2011 - and it is in the shortest form of the game where it seems most committed to making an impact.

Shakib was recently named the No 1 allrounder in the ICC Player rankings in ODIs and is also second in the Test match list and seventh in the T20I standings.

He has been out of international cricket since November last year with a stress fracture on his shin. but he is confident that he will be fit for Bangladesh's forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe

He will play alongside Joe Burns, the Australia A batsman, during a tournament which Leicestershire hope will rouse the spirits of players and accountants alike.

Phil Whitticase, Leicestershire's coach, said: "I'm really pleased that we have been able to sign a player who was recently ranked the best one-day player in the world. Shakib's record is exceptional and I am looking forward to him helping us to achieve success."

Chief Executive Mike Siddall added: "We are delighted to sign a player of Shakib's experience and calibre. He has an excellent T20 record and I am looking forward to seeing him team up with Joe Burns."

Shakib will be known to at least one Leicestershire player. He was a team mate of Josh Cobb's at Dhaka Gladiators, the winners of the Bangladesh Premier League.

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  • KH. RAFIQUE on March 31, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Congrats to Shakib.Now, this is the right time that Shakib must go for BBL, NZ and SA t20 leagues so that he can explore more experiences of that alien conditions and improve as a LEGEND of the game.IPL is also important in terms of money but he must have to understand that IPL will make his cricket life shorter (just imagine 15 games in 30 to 40 days along with travels all around IND).So, he needs take a break at least for 3 years from IPL and enjoy playing for BAN and t20s around the world.

  • Abdus on March 30, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Its Shakib's turn now but soon we(cricket fan of BD)love to see Nasir and Gazi also in county cricket. I think players will learn lot if they play in county cricket in Uk. Tamim and Shakib our pride teams around the world will love to have them..

  • Fairooz on March 30, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    He should give up IPL and instead go for Big Bash in Austarlia and play county in UK... so his game will improve under different conditions... Bangladesh & India has a very similar playing conditions and it doesn't help him much; ofcourse I know its money that he is playing for. He got a call up from BBL few weeks ago and he should have taken that opportunity. Dear Shakib, don't always play for money... if u have it in you, money will follow. Aussie and UK experience will take you to the heights of Kalls, Waugh etc... and someday you will be a legend...

  • Sanjay on March 30, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    He's a very underrated cricketer, if you watch him closely it's easy to see why he's ranked #1 - very effective, always contributing, and a good leader too.

    In an ideal world, he'd be playing somewhere close to East London where he'd attract the large Bangla community to attend games they normally wouldn't even consider.

  • Hasib on March 29, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Good deal. I just hope he doesn't injure himself playing too much cricket. Hope he gets enough rest to be fully fit for BD.

  • sadequl on March 29, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Definitely a good deal for Leicestershire & congratulations to Shakib for being No 1 all-rounder in the ICC Player rankings once again & wish you al the very best.

  • Shipu on March 29, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    Now County Cricket will have some appeal and a large Bangladeshi community live in England anyway so he will have plenty of support like he did for his last County.

  • stuart on March 29, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    he should be signed up full time not just for T20.He is a seriously under rated cricketer

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on March 29, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Great signing for Leicestershire....Shakib really improved his game after his first county stint with Worcestershire in 2010.....hoping he will get much better too after this county stint again........

  • Fariha on March 29, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Shakib is such a master-class cricketer. He has won numerous matches for bangladesh. .he took BD to the Asia cup final last year and lost the final to Pakistan only by 2 runs. He was also named the man of the tournament.Hopefully Leics is gonna benefit a lot from him. Waiting to see him winning a couple of matches for Leics :-)

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