Worcs move to secure Shakib return

Worcestershire have started talks with Shakib Al Hasan that could see the Bangladesh all-rounder returning to New Road as overseas player next season.

Shakib enjoyed a successful, if brief, stint with Worcestershire this year in which he helped them clinch promotion to the County Championship first division.

The former Bangladesh captain’s figures of seven for 32 against Middlesex at Lord’s in September were the best by a Worcestershire spinner since Norman Gifford in 1974.

Shakib, the first Bangladeshi to play county cricket as an overseas player, was also a popular figure during his two months with Worcestershire who are keen to recruit him provided his international commitments permit.

“At the moment we are not sure what Shakib’s international commitments are but we are looking at him coming back,” said Steve Rhodes, Worcestershire’s director of cricket. “It’s early days but we have started talking to him about a possible return.”

Meanwhile former Worcestershire captain Vikram Solanki is stepping up his bid for full fitness closer to home. The former England one-day international was troubled by a pelvic injury throughout last season and he missed most of Worcestershire’s Friends Provident t20 matches while he rested.

Solanki underwent surgery last month and has been in training since Worcestershire’s players reported back for their winter fitness programme work at the start of this month.

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