Meet Bangladesh's 'best batsman, bowler and fielder'
- IPL spot-fixing case: Actor Vindoo Dara Singh arrested
- IPL 2013 LIVE SCORE: Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina propel Chennai Super Kings
- Pune Warriors withdraw from IPL, 'disgusted' by BCCI's attitude
- IPL spot fixing: How Sreesanth splurged money on girlfriend
- Li Keqiang visits TCS, Cyrus P Mistry says China important for growth of Tata Group
According to his national coach, Shakib Al Hasan is Bangladesh's "best batsman, best bowler and best fielder". He is also the world's number one all-rounder in limited overs cricket, even though he did not touch a cricket ball until he was 15.
Two years ago, Bangladesh enjoyed an excellent 50 overs World Cup in the Caribbean, beating India and eventual semi-finalists South Africa.
If the team are to have similar success in England, then Shakib will be a key player. The 22-year-old from Khulna, a left-handed attacking batsman and a slow left-arm bowler who spins the ball prodigiously, is certainly appreciated by his team and their Australian coach Jamie Siddons.
"He is our best bowler, best batter and best fielder at the moment and certainly our most damaging batsman," Siddons told Reuters. "He is a real bonus for us and is dangerous as we now have a spinner who can bowl teams out. He is pretty extraordinary as far as his bowling goes. He seems to know what the batsman is doing before the batsman does. I liken him to (New Zealand captain Daniel) Vettori as he will float a few up, then will put the quicker one in, and he turns it."
Shakib did not take cricket seriously until late in 2002, concentrating before then on soccer. His cousin played for the national team and his father was an amateur footballer.
However, a talent spotting camp initiated by the Bangladesh Institute of Sport changed his life.
"Everything I learned was from there and the coaches they had -- Salahuddin, who is our fielding coach now, and Fahim Nasmullauddin," Shakib told Reuters in an interview.
Shakib said it has not been a simple decision to enrol at the institute. "When I got the chance to be admitted, that was a very big decision as I was in class nine and it meant I had to go back to class eight and study for an extra year," Shakib explained. "So my parents helped me take that decision, which was not easy for them. Fortunately it worked out."
- 'Sophisticated' Indian cyberattacks targeted Pak military sites: Report
- Talkative Li quoted Weber, Hegel, Jobs, said PM is large-hearted
- Bihar food corp ends up with chaff as rice worth Rs 535 cr vanishes from mills
- In 7 lucrative minutes on May 9, Sreesanth bowled 6 balls, bookie made Rs 2.5 cr
- India and China ask border envoys to work on more steps
- Former Ranji player among 3 more held