Player: (Bangladesh 2006 - present)
Shakib Al Hasan is regarded as one of Bangladesh’s finest players since they were awarded Test status in 2000, and joined the MCC World Cricket committee in 2017, becoming the first member to hail from the country. He has captained his international side in all three formats of the game.
Born in 1987 in Magura, west of the country’s capital Dhaka, Shakib made his One-Day International debut in 2006 on Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe, a year after making his first-class bow.
His debut in T20 Internationals came later in that year against the same opposition, before his first Test Match against India in Chittagong in 2007.
He was awarded the captaincy of the Test side in 2009 and helped Bangladesh to their first overseas series victory, defeating the West Indies, and scored his maiden Test century in his fourth match as skipper, against New Zealand in Hamilton.
In 2014 he became only the third player in Test history, following in the footsteps of Ian Botham and Imran Khan, to score a century and take ten wickets in a match, as Zimbabwe were put to the sword in Khulna.
Shakib led Bangladesh in nine Test Matches between 2009 and 2011, but was handed the captaincy for a second time in late 2017, taking over from Mushfiqur Rahim. Earlier in 2017, he hit an incredible 217 against New Zealand in Wellington, the highest score by a Bangladeshi in Tests and only the third double-hundred.
He was also installed as skipper of the ODI side in 2009, and the Tigers went on to win 22 out of 47 games under him, including victory over England in the 2011 World Cup.
The all-rounder combines his accurate slow left-arm bowling with his batting that has been of vital importance for Bangladesh over the years. In ODIs, he is the first player from Bangladesh to score 2000 runs and take 100 wickets, and also the first to score five centuries.
Aside from his notoriety as one of Bangladesh’s best performers in international cricket, Shakib has vast experience on the domestic stage around the globe, having starred in several global T20 tournaments including the Indian Premier League, Big Bash, Caribbean Premier League, Pakistan Super League and indeed, the Bangladesh Premier League.
He made history in England in 2010, becoming the first Bangladeshi player to play in county cricket as he enjoyed a rewarding spell with Worcestershire. He returned to New Road for a second stint the following year.