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Full name Shahriar Nafees Ahmed


Born January 25, 1986, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Major teams Bangladesh, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Under-19s, Bangladesh Under-23s, Barisal Division, Dhaka Warriors


Playing role Top-order batsman


Batting style Left-hand bat


Relation Brother - Iftekhar Nayem

Shahriar Nafees Ahmed

As a left-hand opening batsman, Shahriar Nafees is a rarity among Bangladesh cricketers, and at the age of 19 he was thrust into the Test squad for their maiden tour of England with just five first-class matches behind him. He hadn't fared too badly in those, however, with 350 runs at 35, and his Under-19 coach Richard McInness reckoned he had the talent and temperament to become a future Test captain. With Nafees Iqbal and Javed Omar established as Bangladesh's opening pair, the England trip was a case of watching and learning for Shahriar. He did get an opportunity in the NatWest Series, and cashed in with 75 in the final one-dayer against Australia. He made his Test debut in Sri Lanka in September 2005, and made 51 in his second match. He also got starts in all the one-day games, but converted only one into a fifty. Then in April 2006 he exploded in sensational fashion against the might of Australia, stroking his way to a brilliant hundred, his maiden first-class ton as well as his first in Tests, at Fatullah. His stunning 138, with 19 fours, set up a scarcely believable first-day total of 355 for 5 as the Aussies reeled. He added 33 in the second innings, and a brisk 79 in the second Test to show that this was no flash in the pan. Nafees was appointed vice-captain for the Champions Trophy in India in October with the view of grooming a successor for Habibul Bashar. He also won the Bangladesh's cricketer-of-the-year award for 2006. He proved that the accolade wasn't wasted on him by scoring a hundred against Zimbabwe but failed against tougher opposition in the Champions Trophy. His batting was instrumental in Bangladesh's 5-0 rout over Zimbabwe in December 2006. His batting form slipped the following year and in 2008, joined the Bangladesh exodus to the ICL, He was subsequently handed a 10-year ban by the BCB but revived his international hopes when he cancelled his contract the following year. He was recalled for the tri-series at home in January 2010. Prior to joining the ICL, he opted out of a tour of Australia for the sake of his studies and his main focus is to finish his MBA.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:59 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Alok Kapali


Born January 1, 1984, Sylhet, Bangladesh


Major teams Bangladesh, Dhaka Warriors, Sylhet Division


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Legbreak

Alok Kapali

A talented but erratic legspinner and a batsman of undoubted potential, Alok Kapali has a burgeoning reputation as an allrounder, particularly in the one-day game. He made a promising Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2002, and impressed with his technique and temperament in an otherwise disappointing match. Batting as high as No. 6, in spite of a first-class average in the mid-teens, he made starts on both occasions without being able to go on, and has since demonstrated a bold attitude towards quick bowling. His bowling has improved, since disappearing for more than five an over on debut, and against Pakistan at Peshawar in August 2003, when still only 19, he became the first Bangladesh bowler to take a hat-trick in Test cricket, a performance that secured his side their maiden first-innings lead, at the 23rd attempt. Following a string of poor performances he was dropped from the one-day squad before the Champions Trophy in England in September 2004, and was later omitted from the 20-man training squad for the 2005 tour of England. He was recalled to the national squad early in 2006, but did little of note beyond an innings of 55 in one of the one-dayers against Kenya, and failed in his only Test outing, against Sri Lanka, which followed a career-best 156 for Sylhet against Chittagong. After poor performances in a couple of ODIs against Australia and Zimbabwe, Kapali was dropped from the squad for the tour of Kenya in July 2006. He was later recalled for the 2008 Asia Cup and smashed his maiden ODI century, batting at No. 6 against India. However, his international career was put on hold when he joined the Bangladesh exodus to the rebel Indian Cricket League and was banned for ten years. After one season, he quit the ICL and made himself available for selection again.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:57 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Aftab Ahmed Chowdhury


Born November 10, 1985, Chittagong


Major teams Bangladesh, Bangladesh Under-19s, Chittagong Division, Dhaka Warriors


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium

Aftab Ahmed Chowdhury

Aftab Ahmed first came to the attention of the Bangladeshi selectors after scoring 79 against South Africa in the Under-19 World Cup in 2002, and the following year he was pitched into the Test squad to face England, despite having failed to impress in two earlier warm-up matches. His selection was initially viewed with suspicion by the local media, who regarded Aftab as something of a one-day cowboy, and indeed his desire to belt the cover off the ball has resulted in some all-too-brief performances. His potential, however, is plain to see, and his selection for the seminal tour of England early in 2005 was evidence of the selectors' faith, which he repaid at Chester-le-Street with a defiant, carefree 82 not out, the highest score for Bangladesh in the Test series. He also finished off the historic one-day win over Australia at Cardiff, smashing Jason Gillespie for four and six to seal victory. His medium-pacers have potential as well, as he showed with an astonishing one-day haul of 5 for 31 against New Zealand in November 2004. He led Bangladesh to a 3-2 series victory with an unbeaten 81 in the final match against Zimbabwe in January 2005. Since then, barring that run-a-ball 82 at the Riverside, he's hit a lean patch: he hasn't reached 30 in a Test, while in one-dayers he hit a couple of fifties against the Kenyans early in 2006, but failed to impress against Australia. On the tours of Zimbabwe and Kenya in August, Aftab delighted everyone with his all-out attack attitude but often threw it away when he promised so much more. He struck five fifties in eleven innings against Zimbabwe and Scotland since the Champions Trophy in October but a century still eludes him. He reached a career best of 92 against Zimbabwe in February 2007. However, his international career was put on hold when he joined the Bangladesh exodus to the rebel Indian Cricket League and was banned for ten years. After one season, he quit the ICL and made himself available for selection again. His first assignment after his recall was the tri-series at home in January 2010.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:56 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Dhiman Ghosh


Born November 23, 1987, Dinajpur, Bangladesh


Major teams Bangladesh, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Under-19s, BCB Development Squad, Dhaka Warriors


Batting style Right-hand bat


Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Dhiman Ghosh

Dhiman Ghosh was one of four uncapped players include in a 14-member squad for a three-match one-day series against South Africa in March 2008. Dhiman is a talented young wicketkeeper-batsman who made his first-class debut for Chittagong Division in 2004-05. Prior to that, a string of good performances in the age groups earned him a spot in the Bangladesh A team in 2003-04 and he was even selected for Under-19 games that season. A part-time offspinner, his best figures are 3 for 7 against Barisal Division. Despite being Bangladesh's first-choice wicketkeeper, edging out Mushfiqur Rahim, he risked his future by joining the rebel ICL in 2008. He was banned for 10 years by the BCB but he quit the league after one season, thereby reviving hopes of a comeback.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:53 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Tamim Iqbal Khan


Born March 20, 1989, Chittagong


Major teams Bangladesh, Asia XI, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Under-19s, Chittagong Division


Playing role Opening batsman


Batting style Left-hand bat


Relation Uncle - Akram Khan, Brother - Nafees Iqbal

Tamim Iqbal Khan

Tamim Iqbal was already one of Bangladesh's most assured batsmen at the time of his 21st birthday, and will be a vital component at the top of the order for years to come. His promise was apparent when, batting for the Under-19s against England at the end of 2005, he smashed 112 from just 71 balls to help Bangladesh cruise to victory. The left-hander is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in Bangladesh cricket and is arguably the hardest hitter of the cricket ball in the country. His elegance and style through the off side is a treat to watch but his trademark shot is the straight drive, capped with a text-book like follow-through.


Tamim is the younger brother of Bangladesh international Nafis Iqbal Khan and nephew of former Bangladesh skipper Akram Khan. He made his one-day debut against Zimbabwe in February 2007 and was included in the World Cup squad after playing just two matches. His straight six off Zaheer Khan after skipping down the track was one of the best shots of the tournament. He scored a stylish 84 in his debut Test, against New Zealand in Dunedin and has since firmly established his spot at the top of the order. His maiden century came in 2009 against West Indies in St Vincent, a match-winning effort. He then set a national record against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo when he blasted an unbeaten 154 in a tall chase.


Tamim has found England's bowling attack particularly to his liking, and a superb run of form against them in two series, home and away, lead to five scores of more than fifty in six Test innings, culminating in his stunning 103 at Lord's in May 2010.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:51 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Shakib Al Hasan


Born March 24, 1987, Magura, Jessore


Major teams Bangladesh, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, Khulna Division, Kolkata Knight Riders, Worcestershire


Also known as Saqibul Hasan


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan is a left-arm spinner and talented batsman, who ensured his place in the Bangladesh squad for the U-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka with a blistering performance in the final of the tri-nations U-19 ODI tournament in Bangladesh. Firstly, he took 3 for 39 in the Sri Lankan innings and then scored 100 to guide Bangladesh to victory. Although primarily selected for his bowling, he has shown great potential with the bat. As well as the century, he has scored two half-centuries and has an Afridi-style strike rate of more than 106. Hasan made his one-day debut in the final match against Zimbabwe in July 2006. He scored an unbeaten 30 and helped steer Bangladesh to victory. Since then Hasan has proved to be an asset to his team. He scored his maiden ODI hundred, against Canada in a tri-series before the 2007 World Cup and a year later hit his first against a better attack - Pakistan's. His bowling has been penetrative and economical and his partnership with fellow left-armer Abdur Razzak has been a bonus for Bangladesh. Shakib rattled New Zealand with 7 for 36 in the 2008 Chittagong Test, which till date are the best figures by a Bangladesh bowler in an innings. His sensational batting took Bangladesh to their first ever tri-series final, against Sri Lanka, the following year. He's one of the most valuable and consistent performers in the team.


His best moment in the Test arena, till date, came when he led Bangladesh to their first-ever overseas Test series win, albeit against a second-string West Indies. Standing in for the injured captain Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib slammed an unbeaten 96 in Grenada and also picked up the Man-of-the-Series prize for his 13 wickets.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:49 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Mohammad Rubel Hossain


Born January 1, 1990


Major teams Bangladesh, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Under-19s, Chittagong Division


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Mohammad Rubel Hossain

A right-arm fast bowler with a sling action, Rubel Hossain made an immediate impact in his ODI debut, troubling the batsmen with his bouncers and ending with match-winning figures of 4 for 33 against Sri Lanka. He began by playing taped tennis ball cricket in his hometown Bagerhat, but his talents were discovered during a pacer hunt programme where he topped the speed gun. He made his cricketing debut in 2007, against Khulna Division, for whom his hero Mashrafe Mortaza plays. That didn't stop him from bouncing Mortaza and picking up his wicket during their first encounter at a local competition. When Hossain entered the domestic scene, there were instances of batsmen retiring hurt because of his stock delivery. His love for speed also explains his fascination for bikes.


Hossain was included in Bangladesh's Under-19 squad for the World Cup in 2008 and earned a call-up to the Bangladesh one-day squad for the home series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe the following year. He also made it to the Test squad for West Indies.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:47 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Mohammed Naeem Islam


Born December 31, 1986, Gaibandha


Major teams Bangladesh, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Under-19s, Rajshahi Division


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Mohammed Naeem Islam

Naeem Islam, a top order batsman and part-time offspinner, was part of the Bangladesh team that won the Plate Championship in the 2003-04 Under-19 World Cup. He made the highest score in the famous triumph in the Plate final over Australia, the defending champions. Eight of his team-mates who played the final, including Aftab Ahmed and Shahadat Hossain, made it to the national team. Islam earned a call-up to Bangladesh's ODI squad in October 2008 after the likes of Aftab, Shahriar Nafees and Alok Kapali joined the ICL. His performances helped as well: during Bangladesh's Academy tour of Sri Lanka, during which he captained the side, he led the batting averages with 304 runs at 43.42 from six games.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:46 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Mashrafe Bin Mortaza


Born October 5, 1983, Norail, Jessore


Major teams Bangladesh, Asia XI, Khulna Division, Kolkata Knight Riders


Also known as Koushik


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza

Young, quick and aggressive, Mashrafe Mortaza has emerged as the leader of Bangladesh's pack of upcoming young pacemen, although fitness remains a problem. He made great strides under the tutelage of Andy Roberts, working on his stamina, and he was given his first Test cap against Zimbabwe at Dhaka in 2001-02, in what was his first-class debut - indeed by mid-2006 he had played only seven first-class matches outside the Test arena. Though banging it in is his preferred style, Mashrafe proved adept at reining in his attacking instincts to concentrate on line and length. He excelled in the second Test against England in 2003-04, taking 4 for 60 in the first innings to keep Bangladesh in touch, but suffered a twisted knee towards the end of the game that kept him out of Tests for over a year. He was recalled towards the end of 2004, and subsequently enhanced his reputation on the inaugural tour of England, standing head and shoulders above his team-mates in a torrid series. He is not a complete mug with the bat. A persistent back injury caused him to return home early and miss the Test series in Sri Lanka in September 2005 - the sixth time he had failed to last throughout a tour - but he was back to face the Australians in April 2006, and removed Matthew Hayden early on to start the Aussies' embarrassment in the first Test at Fatullah. Mortaza broke Aftab Ahmed's national record when he took 6 for 26 to seal a 3-0 win in the one-day series against Kenya in August. Mortaza had a poor Champions Trophy in October-November during which he took only two wickets in three games but he struck form against Zimbabwe and Scotland in the one-day series that followed. Although he's still Bangladesh's spearhead, he has often struggled to maintain the intensity and stamina after starting a good spell. At his peak, he can be a matchwinner, like when his 4 for 44 set up Bangladesh's maiden ODI win against New Zealand in 2008. That form prompted the IPL's Kolkata Knight Riders to to sign him on for $600,000 in February 2009. After Bangladesh's disappointing campaign in the World Twenty20, he was named captain for the tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe. However, an injury at the start of the tour forced him home and he handed over the captaincy temporarily to Shakib Al Hasan.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:44 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Mohammad Jahurul Islam


Born December 12, 1986, Rajshahi


Major teams Bangladesh, Bangladesh A, BCB Development Squad, Dhaka Division, Rajshahi Division


Nickname Aumi


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak


Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Mohammad Jahurul Islam

A right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, Jahurul Islam was drafted into the Bangladesh Test squad during the home series against England in 2010 following Raqibul Hasan's shock retirement. A national call-up was anyway on the cards, after he topped the overall run charts in the first-class National Cricket League with 965 runs at 68.92 for Rajshahi Division and helped them to the 2009-10 title. In his Test debut in Mirpur, he began inauspiciously with a duck but followed it up with 43. Jahurul entered the first-class scene in 2002-03 and was once a part of the Bangladesh Academy.

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