Shakib makes county call
Bangladesh skipper keen for more countrymen to play county cricket
Last Updated: June 7, 2011 10:17am
Shakib: Keen for Bangladesh stars to play in England
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has told his compatriots to follow him into county cricket to improve their performances in the international side.
Shakib, the first Bangladeshi to play county cricket, has signed up with Worcestershire for his second spell in England.
The 24-year-old learned a lot during his three months at New Road last season when he helped the Royals gain promotion to Division One of the LV= County Championship.
This time he will play for the county in the Friends Life t20 after a spell with Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
"I'd love to see some of the other (Bangladesh) guys playing here in county cricket," he said.
"They would learn so many things, not only discipline and all professionalism, everything that has been lacking in our culture.
"If they get a chance to play, they will only reap the benefits. I think it has helped to improve my cricket and when I went back to play for Bangladesh, I performed well.
"That helped me a lot, especially with batting because of the different conditions you face over here and have to combat."
Shakib will make the first appearance of his second spell at Worcestershire in Thursday's t20 game against Yorkshire at Headingley.
After making his county cricket debut last season, Shakib insists there has been a lot of interest back home in Bangladesh.
"They have been following county cricket regularly since I came here," he added. "There are a lot more fans and many Worcestershire shirts are being worn."