Bangladesh all-rounder and stand-in captain Shakib Al Hasan has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he played key roles in two international victories over the West Indies.
Shakib, the second Bangladeshi to win the award this year after Mohammad Ashraful, scored an unbeaten 96 in quick time to guide his side to an historic second Test victory in Grenada, which sealed a 2-0 series win and then scored a half-century and took a wicket as Bangladesh won the first One-Day International in Dominica.
Shakib's 96 in 97 deliveries, coming to the crease with his team at 67 for four in the second innings in Grenada, was a crucial knock and he remained there at the end when Bangladesh sealed a first ever Test series win overseas and it was also his first Test as captain following an injury to Mashrafe Mortaza.
Mortaza's return home resulted in Shakib being handed the reins for the ODI series, and he led by example in Dominica. He made 54 in 60 balls, picked up the wicket of West Indian top scorer Devon Smith and made inspired bowling changes during a 52-run win.
Other contenders for the weekly award included Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara and West Indian fast bowler Kemar Roach.
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