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Shakib Al Hasan : Biography

Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan (Bengali: সাকিব আল হাসান; born 24 March 1987) is a Bangladeshi international cricketer who has played all three formats of the game. Internationally, Shakib has been recognised as one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. He was ranked as one of the world's most famous athletes by ESPN WORLD FAME 100 in 2019.

Early life and family

Shakib was born in Magura, Khulna, Bangladesh to Khondoker Masroor Reza and Shirin Reza. He has a sister and grew up in a cricket-loving family. He started playing cricket at the age of seven and soon joined a local club.

Personal life

Shakib married Umme Ahmed Shishir, a software engineer, in 2012. They have two daughters named Alayna Hasan Aubrey and Errum Hasan. Shakib is a devout Muslim and follows Islamic practices. He is also fond of travelling, playing golf and football.

Early cricket career

Shakib attended Bangladesh Krira Shiksha Pratisthan, a sports institute, where he received formal training and coaching. He later enrolled in American International University-Bangladesh and completed his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. He made his domestic debut for Khulna Division in 2004 and soon became a regular member of the team. He also played for various teams in different T20 leagues around the world, such as Kolkata Knight Riders, Barbados Tridents, Jamaica Tallawahs, Dhaka Dynamites, Peshawar Zalmi, and Galle Titans.

International debut

Shakib made his international debut for Bangladesh in 2006 against Zimbabwe in an ODI match. He impressed with his batting and bowling skills and became a vital part of the team. He made his Test debut in 2007 against India in Chittagong and his T20I debut in the same year against Zimbabwe in Khulna.

ODI career

Shakib has scored over 7,000 runs and taken more than 300 wickets in ODIs. He is the fastest and only player in history to achieve the double of 5,000 runs and 250 wickets in ODIs. He has also captained the team on several occasions and led them to many memorable victories, such as their first-ever win over England in the 2011 World Cup and their first-ever semi-final appearance in the 2017 Champions Trophy.

T20I career

Shakib has scored over 2,000 runs and taken more than 100 wickets in T20Is. He is one of the most successful all-rounders in this format. He has also been named in the ICC T20I Team of the Year once. He has played in six T20 World Cups and helped Bangladesh reach the Super 10 stage twice.

Test career

Shakib has scored over 4,000 runs and taken more than 200 wickets in Tests. He is one of the few players to have scored five centuries and taken five-wicket hauls in both innings of a Test match. He has also been named in the ICC Test Team of the Year four times. He has played in four Test World Championships and helped Bangladesh achieve their first-ever Test win over England in 2016 and their first-ever Test win over Australia in 2017.

Records and achievements

Shakib holds several records and achievements in international cricket. Some of them are:

  • He is the only player to be ranked as the No.1 all-rounder by ICC in all three formats simultaneously.
  • He is the only player to score a century and take 10 wickets in a single Test match twice.
  • He is the only player to score a half-century and take five wickets in a single T20I match twice.
  • He is the highest run-scorer and wicket-taker for Bangladesh in all three formats.
  • He is the most capped player for Bangladesh in all three formats.

Awards and honors

Shakib has been honoured with many awards and accolades for his outstanding performances. Some of them are:

  • He has won the ICC ODI Player of the Year award twice (in 2009 and 2010), the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack Test Player of the Year award once (in 2017), and the ESPNcricinfo Best Allrounder of the Decade award once (in 2020).
  • He has been awarded the National Sports Award by the Government of Bangladesh twice (in 2010 and 2017).
  • He has been conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Bangladesh Army in 2021.

Captaincy stints

Shakib has been appointed as the captain of Bangladesh in all three formats at different times. He first became the ODI captain in 2009 and led the team to their first-ever bilateral series win over West Indies. He later became the Test and T20I captain in 2017 and led the team to their first-ever Test wins over England and Australia . He resigned from captaincy in 2019 after a poor performance in the World Cup. He was reinstated as the T20I captain in 2021 and led the team to their first-ever T20I series win over New Zealand.


Shakib has been involved in some controversies during his career. Some of them are:

  • In 2014, he was banned from all formats of cricket for six months by the Bangladesh Cricket Board for having a "severe attitude problem". The ban was later reduced to three and a half months after he apologised.
  • In 2019, he was suspended from all cricket for two years by the International Cricket Council for failing to report corrupt approaches from a bookie. The ban was later reduced to one year after he cooperated with the investigation.
  • In 2021, he was fined and given a demerit point by the ICC for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during a T20I match against Oman.