The players of Leicestershire Foxes must know that they need to hit the ground if they are to stand a credible challenge in Friends Life T20 competition in this year. And that applies more than most to Bangladesh all rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who have joined up with his new team mates at Grace Road on Monday. [ Get Shakib Al Hasan in Friends Life T20- Schedules]
Shakib Al Hasan is the 2nd foreign cricketer of Foxes for the T20 competition, lining up with Queenslander Joe Burns in the side captained by Josh Cobb which got into action in this evening against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge today.
Apart from this , the plus point for the Foxes is that Shakib Al Hasan had played T20 in this country before for Worcestershire a couple of years ago.
He is an accomplished player in the all formats also, so he should be able to settle quickly.
“I had a very well experience with the Worcestershire side,” said the 26-year-old Shakib Al Hasan.
“I had really enjoyed that time there and I am now looking forward to playing with Leicestershire.
“Still I am settling in and getting to know the team well, but we have a couple more sessions before our 1st match.
“Leicestershire are a disciplined team and all are keen to do their hard work.”
One player he doesn’t need to know is his new captain. The pair played together in Dhaka Gladiators which have won Bangladesh Premier League earlier this year, and Shakib Al Hasan believes Josh Cobb will be one of the cricketers to make an impact in this summer.
“Josh Cobb is a very exciting cricketer,” said by Shakib Al Hasan.
“He is a very good player to see. When he is on track he is able to smash the ball all over the stadium.”
Josh can also give options with his off-spin, and Foxes will be looking to slow left-arm bowler Shakib Al Hasan to do his share of bowling with stack up quick runs.
“I always want to enjoy the game while I am there,” Shakib Al Hasan said. “I want to contribute for the team in any way I can, with the bat, with the ball or in the field.
“It is a young team as far as I can see but, hopefully, it will balm”
If it happens, then crowds should come up in good numbers at the Grace Road – Though the weather still remains the greatest factor in terms of getting the people through the gates.
Shakib Al Hasan is also looking forward to returning at Trent Bridge, rated by most of the people as one of the best grounds on the county circuit.
Shakib said: “I had enjoyed playing there in the past for Bangladesh Cricket Team. We played in the T20 World Cup here. We played a few teams and I remember that I bowled very well.”