Shakib Al Hasan to play for the Saint Lucia Zouks in CPL
Chowdhury Wafee Daraiat
Shakib Al Hasan, the number one all rounder in all formats of the game, has been bought by the franchise, Saint Lucia Zouks, to play the 3rd season of the Caribbean Premier League. Shakib Al Hasan, placed in the USD 50000 bracket, was picked along with other 65 players, who were bought by different franchises, from the 200 player draft. The other player from Bangladesh, Tamim Iqbal, who ironically had played for the St. Lucia Zouks in the first season, was placed in the USD 20000 Bracket. Withal, he did not get picked by any franchise, in yesterday’s event. However, several other players were included in the different rosters, including Shahid Afridi, Jacques Kallis, Mahela Jayawerdene, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill and Lasith Malinga. [Watch ভিডিও ক্লিপঃ সিপিএলে সাকিবের ৬ রানে ৬ উইকেট]
Shakib Al Hasan, had earlier played for Barbados Tridents, in the 2013 inaugural Season of the CPL. His performance was well praised, and included a record figure of 6 for 6. Even if he was retained by Barbados Tridents to play 2014 season,his season had ended already before it could start, as he was banned from playing all internationals for six months and other international domestic leagues for 18 months. One of the few reasons for the ban, which eventually was lifted after three months, was also Shakib Al Hasan’s arrival at the West Indies to play the CPL, with an expired No Objection Certificate (NOC).
Shakib Al Hasan’s new team, the Saint Lucia Zouks, captained by former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, had only won 2 games out of their nine matches, in the previous season. However, with the inclusion of several international players, including Shakib Al Hasan, Kevin Peterson and Ross Taylor, the Zouks might expect a better season, which is set to begin on the 21st of June, 2015.
However, Shakib Al Hasan might only be available for play in the first half of the tournament, as he will have to return to Bangladesh, in order to play the the bilateral series against South Africa, which begins on the 5th of July.
St Lucia Zouks Squad:
Darren Sammy ($150,000, retained), Ross Taylor ($100,000), Kevin Pietersen ($80,000, retained), Johnson Charles ($70,000, retained), Shakib Al Hasan ($50,000), Andre Fletcher ($40,000, retained), Shannon Gabriel ($30,000), Henry Davids ($20,000), Fidel Edwards ($15,000), Kemar Roach ($10,000), Shane Shillingford ($10,000), Kyle Mayers ($5,000), Keddy Lesporis ($5,000), Liam Sebastien ($5,000), Delorn Johnson ($5,000)