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England county cricket team Worcestershire have signed Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan as their overseas player for 2010 season.

But the 22-year-old, rated the world's best one day all-rounder according to the ICC ranking list, will not be available until mid-July.

Shakib will not be able to fulfil the county's overseas slot until after the Bangladesh tour to England is over.

"I have been following his progress for some time. It is clear he is a very good player," said Worcestershire coach Steve Rhodes.

"His all-round skills will be a great boost to our young team for the business end of the season," added the county's director of cricket.

The deal is still subject to completion of visa arrangements, but the county do not envisage any problems.

Shakib, who made his one-day international debut for his country in August 2006 at the age of 19, has now played 75 times for Bangladesh, making 2047 runs at 35.91, while taking 83 wickets.

He has also played 14 Tests, making 715 runs and taking 48 wickets.

"I am delighted to be joining Worcestershire in 2010," Shakib said. "I followed county cricket as a young player growing up and the opportunity to fulfil one of my ambitions by playing as an overseas player in England is one that excites me greatly.

"I consider it a huge honour to be the first Bangladeshi overseas player in county cricket and can't wait to give my all for the club on the field.” he said.


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