Shakib out of SLPL

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed yesterday that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will not take part in the Sri Lankan Premier League Twenty20 tournament (SLPL).
After reviewing the MRI report the national team physio Vibhav Singh and the BCB’s medical team advised the former Bangladesh skipper to take rest so that he can be available for national

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Sakib the only shining light in KKR defeat

Bangladeshi all-rounder Sakib al Hasan was the only successful bowler for Kolkata Knight Riders on a day that saw Rohit Sharma’s blistering knock of 109 get his side Mumbai Indians a 27-run victory at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.
After sitting out the last seven matches, which they won, the world number one

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Fifth-time lucky Sakib

It was almost inevitable in some stages of Sakib al Hasan’s career. He created at least four opportunities in the past, came close on two occasions and missed it agonisingly.
But anyone with the slightest idea of his capability as an all-rounder knew Sakib would get a five-for in an innings and a century in the same Test match sooner or later in his

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Shakib brings respectability

Shakib Al Hasan helped Bangladesh expand upon their strong base during the second day’s play of the second Test against Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
The day ended with Pakistan on 87-1 after bad light stopped play. In all, 26 overs were lost on the day after the morning session began an hour late due to the same problem as on the first

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The sign of a complete all-rounder

Sakib al Hasan proudly announced himself as a complete all-rounder after his 144 runs in the first innings that guided Bangladesh to a respectable 338 against Pakistan on Sunday.
Sakib had started his career as a batsman who could bowl but gradually turned into Bangladesh’s main strike bowler with his left-arm spin that often turned deceptive for

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Sakib urges Tigers to take half-chances

When everyone is looking for a solution to Bangladesh’s batting woes, former skipper Sakib al Hasan urged team-mates also to lift their fielding standard against Pakistan.
According to Sakib, Bangladesh must take advantage of every opportunity in the field and make use of the half chances to put their opposition under

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Sacked Sakib feels no regret

Deposed national cricket captain Sakib al Hasan said that he harboured mixed feelings about the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s decision to strip him of the captaincy on Monday.
The BCB sprang a huge surprise when they axed Sakib, vice captain Tamim Iqbal and manager Tanjeeb Ahsan Saad after their leadership failed to produce a satisfactory outcome in the just

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Sakib and Tigers slide in rankings

Bangladesh’s one-day ranking has declined sharply after they lost to Zimbabwe 3-2 in the just-concluded series, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday.
Though the Tigers maintained their ninth place in the ranking, they dropped seven crucial points, sliding from 70 to 63. Zimbabwe also remained stuck in the10th place though they added eight points to take

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Too much T20 spoils Sakib’s spin

Too much Twenty20 cricket has substantially reduced Sakib al Hasan’s ability to spin the ball, observed his former coach and mentor Mohammad Salauddin.
Apart from the final one-dayer, Sakib was a shadow of his usual self with the ball in the recently-concluded Test and one-day series against Zimbabwe – something which many believe affected the team’s

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Onus on Shakib

UCB ODI Series – Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe
Onus on Shakib
The five-match one-day series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe begins tomorrow at the Harare Sports Club ground and it is already a huge ask for Shakib Al Hasan’s men to make a quick recovery.
The complexity of the task, especially after the 130-run defeat in the one-off Test match that ended on Monday, was writ large on their faces as they went about their business yesterday, also going

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Akram banks on Sumon to regain lost pride

The cricketers started the preparation on Wednesday to begin the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe with an aim to regain some pride after wobbled in the one-off Test which left the whole cricket fraternity astonished. Though Bangladesh did not loss the last six ODI series against Zimbabwe dating back to 2006, the scenario is now totally different as the East African opponent are more determined to break

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Sakib nominated for ODI cricketer of the year award

Sakib al Hasan is the only cricketer from Bangladesh to have been nominated in any category for the International Cricket Council’s annual awards ceremony to be held in London on September 12.  Sakib has been shortlisted for the one-day cricketer of the year category. 
Last year Bangladesh had two cricketers nominated for an award at the ceremony with Tamim Iqbal

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Sakib warned, at last

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has finally come up with an official warning for embattled skipper Sakib al Hasan after his recent outburst against selectors and a decision to skip training created a furor.
The BCB sent a warning letter to Sakib on Sunday, confirmed the officials, adding that the skipper was told of his limit and that he should not cross it under any

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Sakib seeks a break

Captain Sakib al Hasan has requested the Bangladesh Cricket Board to grant him a leave when the national cricket team will be traveling to South Africa.
The board has planned to send the team to South Africa to play a warm-up game or two before they go to Zimbabwe for a Test and one-day series in

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England becomes new hub for Tigers

England is increasingly becoming the new hub for Bangladeshi cricketers as at least six Bangladeshi players are currently involved in their domestic cricket.
The latest in the list is national team opener and vice-captain Tamim Iqbal, who has been picked up by Nottinghamshire for their ongoing Friends Life Twenty20

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