Shakib Al Hasan, the world's leading ODI all rounder, has been signed by the English county Worcestershire. His signing is a significant milestone in Bangladesh cricket as he becomes the first Bangladeshi player to play for an English county. This is yet another feather in the cap of this gifted cricketer who has already been named the 2009 Wisden Test Cricketer of the Year. Many of cricket's biggest names such as Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, and Ian Botham have played for Worcestershire and the Bangladeshi stand-in captain is excited to be joining the team in July, 2010.
"I am delighted to be joining Worcestershire in 2010," he said. "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 honor to be the first Bangladeshi overseas player in county cricket and can't wait to give my all for the club on the field."
Shakib Al Hasan made his one day international debut for Bangladesh in August, 2006. Shakib has played in 75 ODI matches scoring 2047 runs at an average of 35.91 and taken 83 wickets. Shakib has also played in 14 tests scoring 715 runs and taking 48 wickets.