Shakib a clear fan favourite
Shakib Al Hasan's ever-growing popularity among fans found another medium when he was voted as the Cricketer of the Year for 2011 by members of BanglaCricket.com, a fan-driven cricket website.
This is the second time the forum have organised fan voted awards to recognise top performers of the country. The award considered performances in the 2011 calendar year with eleven categories; voting ran for a period of one month in March this year.
Predictably, Shakib was the chosen one after becoming the highest run-scorer and wicket-taker for the country in Tests and ODIs. Apart from the top award, he was also chosen as the top Test and ODI Cricketer, best Test and ODI batsman and best ODI and Test bowler.
Nasir Hossain was elected the emerging player of the year while Khadiza Tul Kubra was named the Women's Cricketer of the Year. Some of the more interesting categories included the most under-rated player of the year (won by Nazmul Hossain) and best domestic cricketer (Asif Ahmed).
BanglaCricket has over 13,000 registered members but its viewership is even larger. On average, 80,000-plus unique visitors go to the site. The sources of visits for BanglaCricket.com are from the US, Bangladesh and the UK.