Shakib to play county cricket
Thursday, 19 November 2009

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has signed a contract to play for English county club Worcestershire in 2010, it was announced on Wednesday.

Shakib is the first Bangladesh player to be signed by a county. The Bangladesh captain will join the team in 2010 following the conclusion of the tour of England, subject to completion of visa arrangements.

"I am delighted to be joining Worcestershire in 2010," said Sakib, the top-ranked allrounder in ODIs.

"I followed county cricket as a young player growing up and the opportunity to fulfill one of my ambitions by playing as an overseas player in England is one that excites me greatly."

"I consider it a huge honour to be the first Bangladeshi overseas player in county cricket and can't wait to give my all for the club on the field."

Steve Rhodes, Worcestershire's director of cricket, was delighted with the signing.

"I have been following his [Shakib's] progress for some time and it is clear to me that he is a very good player. His current ICC rankings prove this and I know he is hungry for success. His all-round skills will be a great boost to our young team for the business end of the season."

Courtesy: Cricinfo

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