The signing of Shakib Al Hasan has sparked a lot of international interest for the Leicestershire County Cricket Club. The high-class Bangladesh all rounder, who is currently the World’s best all-rounder in ODIs in the ICC cricketers rankings, has lots of fans around the universe. [Get Shakib Al Hasan in Friends Life T20- Fixtures]
The Plenty of folks have got in touch via Leicestershire’s Facebook and Twitter fan pages to send their support, and Shakib gave the following message to his fans.
Shakib said: “It is pleasure to know that the people support me, it feels really good when you will have so many followers. Now I need to perform well for the team so that the fans can cheer for me.”
Mr. All rounder Shakib Al Hasan has learnt a lot about the English conditions and in this year’s opposition from a spell at the Worcestershire in 2011. That was the final season where Worcestershire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire were part of a nine-team in northern section.
That had helped him to set up in quickly and the 26-year-old Shakib found in extra-ordinary form with the bat on his debut. A quickfire 31 runs off just 14 balls, where Shakib Al Hasan produced some power hitting with deft touches, was a pretty nice to watch.
Then came a very busy begin against the Derbyshire before he was got out through an excellent catch by the David Wainwright at mid-off. Could Shakib Al Hasan have batted for any length of time against them, the Leicestershire would have been confident to secure two points in Friends Life T20.
Whatever, Shakib Al Hasan now wants to improve his bowling as his team look for their first victory in Friends Life T20 against the Durham Dynamos on Friday, 5th of July.
The slow left spinner Shakib has finished first two matches with figures of 1 for 35 and 0 for 37 but he has an International t20 average of 19.85 and a good economy rate of 6.74. So Shakib Al Hasan is keen to show the Grace Road faithful what he can do.
Shakib said: ‘I have only been here a week and I don’t know too many people but I am really happy to be here and looking forward to the rest of my time at Leicestershire.
“I have played for Worcestershire two years back so I knew the conditions very well. I knew how the wicket would play here at Grace Road before I came and also played against the other teams in this tournament.
“I have already settled in well at Leicestershire and everything has been going fine, apart from this the team performance of course. I didn’t bowl well in the last two matches but we have another eight matches and now we need to start winning matches.
“I have found it alright when I batted at Trent Bridge but not so good with the ball. That’s one factor I need to work on in order to contribute more for the team.”
The left-handed world number one all-rounder knows the captain Josh Cobb well from their time together in Dhaka Gladiators in the second edition of Bangladesh Premier League and feels the team can fire once they get up their first victory.
Shakib said: “I know Josh Cobb well, he is a young lad but he has a wise head on young shoulders. He is a doing a great job for the team Foxes and has good leadership capabilities and he will only get better in the near future.
“Momentum is high; if we can win the next match then the momentum will be with us and we can take it forward and have a great time for the rest of this competition.”