Shakib Al Hasan, (born 24 March 1987 in Magura) is a Bangladeshi international cricketer and captain of the national team. He is an allrounder, batting left-handed in the middle order and bowling slow left arm orthodox. Shakib made his One Day International debut against Zimbabwe in August 2006. In 2009 Shakib topped the ICC’s allrounder rankings.
Shakib became Bangladesh’s captain in July 2009 after Mashrafe Mortaza injured himself in his first match in charge. Shakib was 22 years old at the time. Initially a temporary position until Mortaza recovered, Shakib’s success against the West Indies, securing his side’s first overseas series win, ensured he retained the position even once Mortaza had recovered. He was named The Wisden Cricketer’s “Test cricketer 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 injury struck again and Shakib was asked to assume the role. Domestically he has represented Khulna Division since 2004, and in 2010 he spent several months playing for Worcestershire in England, becoming the first Bangladesh player to represent an English county.
- At the age of 15, Shakib was representing Bangladesh U19s. In 2005, during the final of a tri-nation tournament involving England and Sri Lanka’s U19 teams, Shakib scored an 86-ball century and took three wickets to help his team to victory.
- The West Indies hosted the 2007 Cricket World Cup in March and April; Shakib was included in the 15-man squad led by Habibul Bashar. Bangladesh made it to the second stage of the competition and finished seventh.
- On 22 January 2009 Shakib was ranked first amongst ODI allrounders the by ICC.
- In June 2009, Shakib was appointed vice-captain, filling the position vacated by Mortaza.