Leicestershire: Shakib Al Hasan joins for FL t20

Shakib Al Hasan

Leicestershire have signed Shakib Al Hasan as their second overseas player for this summer's FL t20 competition.

The Bangladesh star, who bats left-handed and bowls left-arm spin, is currently the world's top-ranked all-rounder in one-day internationals.

The 26-year-old will join Australia A batsman Joe Burns at Grace Road.

"Shakib's record is exceptional and I am looking forward to him helping us to achieve success this year," said head coach Phil Whitticase.

Shakib, who was recently a team-mate of Leicestershire's Josh Cobb in the Bangladesh Premier League, has scored a combined total of more than 4,000 runs and taken over 100 wickets for his country in international one-day and T20 matches.

He also has previous county experience with Worcestershire.

Chief executive Mike Siddall, who had been interested in signing West Indies star Chris Gayle, added: "We are delighted to sign a player of Shakib's experience and calibre.

"He has an excellent T20 record and I am looking forward to seeing him team up with Joe Burns."