Shakib arrives to bolster Worcestershire

Worcestershire will be boosted by the return of Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for the Friends Life t20 match against Durham at New Road on Sunday June 5.

Shakib missed the June 3 defeat by Lancashire at Old Trafford becase of a delay in obtaining his visa. But he arrived in the Midlands late that same evening and will come straight back into the side for the visit of Durham.

Worcestershire were without an overseas player at Old Trafford because Australian seamer Damien Wright was ruled out by a calf strain. Wright was due to deputise for Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal whose arrival has also been delayed by paperwork problems.

Last summer Shakib played a prominent part in helping Worcestershire secure County Championship promotion after he arrived in mid-season.

The slow left-armer took 35 wickets in just eight first-class appearances, including a match-winning seven for 32 against Middlesex at Lord’s.

The 24-year-old is currently listed second in the ICC’s ranking of one-day international all-rounders, and will join Worcestershire on the back of a highly successful IPL campaign in which he became the Kolkata Knight Riders’ third highest wicket-taker.

Shakib also weighed in with important middle-order runs but missed all of last season’s Twenty20 Cup campaign because of his international commitments.

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