Pears suffer Shakib setback
Overseas recruit held up by international commitments
Last Updated: 13/07/10 8:49pm
Shakib: Move delayed
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will link-up with Worcestershire later than originally agreed due to international commitments.
The talented left-handed batsman and off-spin bowler was set to join up with his new club in the coming days, becoming the first Bangladesh player to play county cricket in the process.
However, Royals fans will have to wait a little longer to see him in action after the Bangladesh Cricket Board ordered him to remain with the national squad to play one-day internationals with Ireland, Scotland and Holland.
Worcestershire now hope the 23-year-old will be available for the LV= County Championship clash with Derbyshire on July 21.
Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton said: "We understand the Bangladesh Cricket Board's stance.
"Of course, we are disappointed, but they regard all their matches as important and they have picked up a number of injuries.
"But, when you sign international players this can happen as their boards have first rights, so it's a great shame that Shakib will miss the finale to our Twenty20 campaign."
Shakib had been expected to fill the gap left by Australian opening batsman Phil Jaques, who was Worcestershire's overseas player for the opening half of the campaign.
The Royals need to defeat Warwickshire and Lancashire to have any chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the Twenty20 Cup.