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Shakib set start WC mission as No. 1 ODI all-rounder

BSS, Dhaka
Shakib set start WC mission as No. 1 ODI all-rounder
A file photo of Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh got a further boost ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup as the ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan finally reclaimed his number one spot in ICC ODI all-rounder rankings from the Afghanistan all-rounder Rashid Khan.

Shakib, who is in No. 2 spot in both Test and T20 all-rounder rankings, is in top in ODI format with 359 points. Rashid Khan is now on the second spot with 339 points. The Bangladesh’s premier all-rounder basically regained the top spot on the basis of his terrific performance with both bat and ball in the recently concluded tri-series in Ireland in which Bangladesh lifted the trophy in grand manner, beating West Indies by five wickets.

Shakib played three matches, scored 140 runs and took two wickets. His measly bowling in those matches stifled the opponents, creating the opportunity for other bowlers to pick up wickets at regular intervals. Shakib missed the tri nation final because of back spasm.

Shakib was in the second position with 341 points before Ireland series was behind by Rashid Khan for a considerable margin. While Shakib was on top of his form in Ireland, Afghanistan just finished their two-match series against Ireland. In this series Rashid was pretty ordinary with both bat and ball.

In their first match Rashid picked up 2 wickets but scored only 16 runs. In second match Rashid was wicket-less and fell for a golden duck. This disappointing performance has affected his ranking.

Rashid's Afghanistan team-mate Mohammad Nabi rounds out the top three, with 319 points.

Shakib's top ranking is further testament to his utility to the Bangladesh side at a World Cup where all-rounders are set to play a valuable role, with their multi-dimensional skills and varied contributions.

“From Afghanistan to England, or from India to West Indies, every team is blessed with top-class all-rounders,” West Indies' former World Cup-winning captain Clive Lloyd had recently said. “That's why I believe it will be an all-rounders' World Cup.”

Pakistan are the only other team to have two players in the top ten, with Imad Wasim at No.4 and Mohammad Hafeez claiming the seventh spot. They are separated by New Zealand's Mitchell Santner (No.5) and England's Chris Woakes, who is up four places to No.6.

Jason Holder, the West Indies skipper, is their top-ranked all-rounder, at No.8. England's Ben Stokes, who is expected to be their MVP at the World Cup, missed out on the top ten by one spot, finishing eight points behind Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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