Shakib Al Hassan, born on 24 March 1987, is a Bangladeshi international cricketer. In January 2015, he became the only cricketer in the history to attain the #1 All-Rounder ranking in all three forms of the cricket (Test, ODI and T20). He is the World’s Number 7 Popular Cricket Player and currently one of the best cricketers of the world. He is the best cricketer and the greatest sportsman Bangladesh have ever produced.
Shakib is an all-rounder batting left-handed in the middle order and bowling slow left-arm orthodox. He represented Bangladesh at under-19 level playing 18 Youth One Day Internationals between 2005 and 2006. Shakib made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Zimbabwe in 6th August 2006, and his Test debut the following 6th May against India. From January 2009 to April 2011 and again from March 2012, Shakib was ranked first amongst ODI all-rounders by the ICC. In December 2011, he became the world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder. In December 2014 Shakib became the world’s top ranked Twenty 20 all-rounder. He is currently the only all rounder to be ranked in the top 3 of ICC Player Rankings across every format of international cricket. In 2008, Shakib took at that time the best bowling figures by a Bangladesh player in Tests, 7 wickets for 36 runs, against New Zealand. To date he is Bangladesh’s highest wicket taker in Test Matches.
Shakib was appointed Bangladesh’s vice-captain in June 2009. During Bangladesh’s tour of the West Indies the following month, the captain Mashrafe Mortaza was injured and Shakib took over the captaincy. He was 22 years old at that time. Initially a temporary position, Shakib’s success against the West Indies, securing his side’s first overseas series win, ensured his retention of captaincy even after Mortaza recovered. Shakib was named The Wisden Cricketer’s “Test Player of the Year” in November 2009. In July 2010, he stepped down from the ODI captaincy to concentrate on his personal performance. Mortaza took over until he became injured again and Shakib was asked to resume leadership. This lasted until he was relieved of captaincy in September 2011 due to a poor World Cup campaign .
Domestically Shakib has represented Khulna Division since 2004, and in 2010 he spent several months playing for Worcestershire in England, becoming the first Bangladeshi player to represent an English county cricket team. For the 2011 Indian Premier League, Shakib was contracted by Kolkata Knight Riders. In the first season of Bangladesh Premier League, he captained Khulna Royal Bengals, and in the second season he led Dhaka Gladiators to the tournament title. Shakib represented Uthura Rudras in the 2012 Sri Lanka Premier League. Shakib also played for Barbados Tridents in the 2013 Caribbean Premier League. He played for Adelaide Strikers in 2014 replacing the injured Johan Botha, thus becoming the first Bangladeshi to play in the Big Bash League.
Shakib started his career in cricket as a pace bowler. He was picked to play for Islampur and took a wicket with his first ball; it was his first delivery with a proper cricket ball, having previously generally played with a taped tennis ball. During his early age Shakib was often hired to play for different villages. He was awarded man of the match at his debut match Magura cricket league when he was a student of class 7. Shakib was the school champion in football, carom and badminton. His keen interest was in football. His father was famous footballer in Khulna divisional team.