Leicestershire have added Sakib al Hasan, the Bangladesh all-rounder, to their roster for the Friends Life t20 tournament in a move which earmarks the tournament as their biggest priority of the season.
A young Leicestershire squad is expected to struggle over a long Championship season in Division Two, but the county has T20 pedigree – reaching the Champions League in 2011 – and it is in the shortest form of the game where it seems most committed to making an impact.
Sakib was recently named the No 1 all-rounder in the ICC Player rankings in ODIs and is also second in the Test match list and seventh in the T20I standings.
He has been out of international cricket since November last year with a stress fracture on his shin. but he is confident that he will be fit for Bangladesh’s forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe
He will play alongside Joe Burns, the Australia A batsman, during a tournament which Leicestershire hope will rouse the spirits of players and accountants alike.
Phil Whitticase, Leicestershire’s coach, said: ‘I’m really pleased that we have been able to sign a player
who was recently ranked the best one-day player in the world. Sakib’s record is exceptional and I am
looking forward to him helping us to achieve success.’
Chief Executive Mike Siddall added: ‘We are delighted to sign a player of Sakib’s experience and calibre. He has an excellent T20 record and I am looking forward to seeing him team up with Joe Burns.’
Sakib will be known to at least one Leicestershire player. He was a team-mate of Josh Cobb’s at Dhaka Gladiators, the winners of the Bangladesh Premier League.
-With New Age input