Shakib Al Hasan May Prolong His Career To Play 2027 WC
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Shakib Al Hasan May Prolong His International Career To Play 2027 World Cup

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh’s ace all-rounder has revealed his wish to go to retirement only after winning the World Cup. And for that to achieve, he might even keep playing till 2027.  Shakib Al Hasan said this during his appearance in Daraz Live chat on Thursday (April 1).

First asked when Bangladesh would win the World Cup, Shakib Al Hasan gave an instant reply, “2023, because it would be my last World Cup.” But once the presenter insisted on what would happen if Bangladesh could not win the next World Cup, he responded: “Then I would keep playing till the 2027 World Cup to win it.”

Shakib Al Hasan | AFP
Shakib Al Hasan | AFP

Shakib Al Hasan Always Want To Win World Cup For Bangladesh And Has Been Part Of 4 World Cups

Shakib Al Hasan’s desire to win the 50 over World Cup with Bangladesh is nothing new. He has said time and again that the biggest achievement of his cricketing career would be to win the World Cup, and he has always targeted the 2023 World Cup to be held in India to finally win it.

Shakib Al Hasan has so far played four 50 overs World Cups for Bangladesh since the 2007 edition. While he captained Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup, the 2019 edition turned out to be individually his most successful one, when he scored 606 runs and picked up 11 wickets.

File image of Shakib Al Hasan | AFP
File image of Shakib Al Hasan | AFP

But in spite of Shakib Al Hasan’s outstanding performances both with bat and ball, Bangladesh finished 8th out of 10 teams in the last World Cup in England and Wales. If Bangladesh qualified for the semifinals, Shakib Al Hasan could have won the Man of the Tournament award.

Shakib Al Hasan Is In India To Take Part In IPL 2021 For KKR

He is now in India to take part in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) for Kolkata Knight Riders. He was absent from the ODI and T20I series in New Zealand due to paternity leave, and will also skip the two-Test series in Sri Lanka as he wants to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup by playing in the IPL. He, however, will return for the ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) upheld all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The BCB even thought of reconsidering his NOC for the tournament after the miscommunication between the board and the all-rounder.

Veteran Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is set to return in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the upcoming edition which begins on April 9. He will be back in action after serving a one-year ban and don the Purple & Gold jersey of Kolkata Knight Riders once again.

He was part of KKR’s title-winning campaigns in 2012 and 2014. He had featured in three matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2019 before the ban led to his ouster from the game. Now in his second innings at KKR, he is ready to play any role that his team expects from him in the upcoming season.

The 34-year-old, who was bought by his former franchise for 3.2 crores in the players’ auction in February 2021. The two-time champions will kick-start their IPL 2021 campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai on April 11. Shakib Al Hasan has played 43 IPL games amassing 498 runs averaging 21.65 and picked 43 scalps averaging 25.6 for KKR. He has also played 20 games for SRH.

He missed the 2020 edition on account of being banned for not reporting corrupt offences. He played 63 IPL matches scoring 746 runs at an average of 21.31 with two 50s and a high score of unbeaten 66 and taken 59 wickets averaging 28.