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Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:43 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Syed Rasel


Born July 3, 1984, Jessore


Current age 26 years 335 days


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


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Left-arm medium-fast

Syed Rasel

A sensational spell of swing bowling for Bangladesh A against Kent in August 2005 propelled Syed Rasel into the international reckoning at the age of 21. Having steadily developed his trade on a difficult five-week tour, Rasel tore through Kent's defences with figures of 7 for 50 in the first innings and 10 for 91 in the match. It wasn't enough to win the match, but he was immediately drafted into the senior squad for the tour of Sri Lanka that September, where he made his Test and one-day debuts. With shades of Chaminda Vaas in his left-arm approach, he took six wickets in his first two matches, including 4 for 129 in the second Test at Colombo, a match that Bangladesh lost by an innings. Nevertheless, he soon had his revenge on home soil, taking 2 for 28 at Bogra the following February, as Sri Lanka slumped to their first-ever one-day defeat against Bangladesh. Having risen through the ranks from divisional cricket in his home province in Khulna, his ability to swing the ball at good pace sets him apart from many of his peers. Rasel damaged his foot in a motorbike accident before the Champions Trophy in October but was declared fit for the tournament. He did not play four of the five ODIs against Zimbabwe at home in December but made the cut for the World Cup in the West Indies.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:41 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Kazi Shahadat Hossain


Born August 7, 1986, Dhaka


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


Also known as Rajib


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Kazi Shahadat Hossain

When Shahadat Hossain was discovered during a talent-spotting camp in Narayanganj, and whisked away to the Bangladesh Institute of Sports (BKSP) for refinement, few would have predicted that he would become the first Bangladeshi cricketer to have his name etched on the honours board at Lord's. Yet that was exactly what transpired when, in Bangladesh's second Test tour of England in 2010, he picked up 5 for 98 in England's first innings of the first Test at Lord's.


Shahadat first represented Bangladesh at the 2004 Under-19 World Cup, where he stood out as a promising fast bowler, and was rapidly called up for Bangladesh A. Shahadat - who's also known as "Rajib" - has all the necessary attributes for a successful seam bowler, bar outright pace. He is tall, comes in off a smooth run-up, and doesn't put unnecessary pressure on his body with a slightly open-chested delivery position. He has a strong frame, endurance in abundance, and the ability to move the ball both ways. He is also naturally aggressive, with a characteristic grunt at the delivery stride.


His Test debut at Lord's in 2005 was a chastening experience, as he conceded 101 runs in just 12 overs, but his second visit was a far happier affair, despite Bangladesh's defeat on the fifth day of the game. On the tour to Zimbabwe in July 2006, Hossain became the first Bangladeshi to take a hat-trick in one-day internationals. His 6 for 27 against the South Africa in 2008 is his best Test performance to date. He has struggled for consistency, however, especially in ODIs, and hasn't yet been able to cement his place in the side .


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Mohammad Raqibul Hasan


Born October 8, 1987, Jamalpur


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


Also known as Roqibul Hasan


Nickname Nirala


Playing role Batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Legbreak

Mohammad Raqibul Hasan

Raqibul Hasan was one of the more inexperienced players in the Bangladesh squad for the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka. One of his impressive qualities as a batsman is his ability to build an innings and thus protect his wicket. Hasan, who likes to be known as Nirala, broke into the U-19 team in the tri-nations series featuring England and Sri Lanka. He was very impressive in that tournament, scoring 249 runs, including an innings of 121 against Sri Lanka in only his third match. He made his ODI debut in the home series against South Africa in March 2008 and got a call-up to the Test squad later that year on Bangladesh's return tour. His positive 65 against West Indies in Grenada helped Bangladesh win their first Test series abroad. But things went downhill for Raqibul after the tour of New Zealand, when he was dropped for the home ODIs against England as well as the 30-man probables for the World Twenty20. He shocked his team-mates and everyone close to him by announcing his retirement from international cricket at the age of 22.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:38 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Mohammad Mushfiqur Rahim


Born September 1, 1988, Bogra


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


Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Mohammad Mushfiqur Rahim

A wild-card inclusion for Bangladesh's maiden tour of England in 2005, Mushfiqur Rahim was just 16 when he was selected for that daunting trip - two Tests in May, followed by six ODIs against England and Australia - even though he hadn't been named in the preliminary squad of 20. Mushfiqur was principally selected as an understudy to the ever-present wicketkeeper, Khaled Mashud, but his inclusion was further evidence of Bangladesh's determination to build for a better future. He had done well on an A-team tour of Zimbabwe earlier in 2005, scoring a century in the first Test at Bulawayo, and also enjoyed some success in England the previous year with the Under-19s, making 88 in the second Test at Taunton. He showed more evidence of grit with the full team, with a maiden first-class half-century to soften the pain of defeat against Sussex, followed by a career-best 115 against Northamptonshire. That earned him a call-up - as a batsman - to become the youngest player to appear in a Test match at Lord's. He was one of only three players to reach double figures in a disappointing first innings, but a twisted ankle kept him out of the second Test. After captaining Bangladesh's Under-19s to fifth place in the Youth World Cup in February 2006, he also featured in Bogra's inaugural Test, against Sri Lanka the following month, but could make little of the spin of Murali and Malinga Bandara. He remained on the sidelines for the next few months but was recalled for the final two ODIs against Zimbabwe at home in December. He scored his maiden half-century at Harare in February 2007 and was picked as the first-choice wicketkeeper, ahead of Khaled Mashud, for the World Cup in the West Indies.


He shows sound technique in his glovework and is Bangladesh's first-choice wicketkeeper after Dhiman Ghosh's departure to the ICL. A stodgy lower-order batsman, Mushfiqur has grown into one of the better players of spin in the line-up. After a slow start to his Test career, he found form in the 2008-09 season with stubborn knocks under pressure. He has under-performed as a batsman in ODIs, but his form picked up in 2009 and he narrowly missed out on a maiden ODI hundred on the tour to Zimbabwe. In January 2010 he cracked his maiden Test century, a notable achievement as it came against a strong Indian Test side and was the fastest by a Bangladesh player.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:36 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Mohammad Mahmudullah


Born February 4, 1986, Mymensingh


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


Also known as Riyad


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Mohammad Mahmudullah

Mahmudullah is a talented allrounder capable of bowling tidy offspin and giving the cricket ball a good hit. Having played the bulk of his first-class career for Dhaka Division he was called up to the Bangladesh A side. Good displays with the A side earned Mahmudullah a maiden ODI cap during Bangladesh's tour of Sri Lanka in July 2007, during which he hit 36 and took 2 for 28 from five overs. He finished the 2008-09 National Cricket League first-class season as the second-highest run getter with 710 runs and that earned him a spot in the Test squad for the tour of West Indies. He turned out to be a revelation with the ball as his eight wickets in St Vincent earned Bangladesh their first ever overseas Test win.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Imrul Kayes


Born February 2, 1987, Meherpur, Kushtia


Major teams Bangladesh, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, Khulna Division


Playing role Opening batsman


Batting style Left-hand bat


Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper

Imrul Kayes

A left-hand opening batsman, Imrul Kayes was the leading run-scorer for Khulna Division in the 2007-08 National Cricket League less than 12 months since making his first-class debut. Kayes soon made his way into Bangladesh's Academy team. With Bangladesh struggling to find a partner for Tamim Iqbal, Kayes staked his claim with impressive performances at the top of the order during the Academy's tour of Sri Lanka, and was rewarded with a place in Bangladesh's ODI squad to face New Zealand in October 2008. Kayes toured South Africa next month and despite a poor show in the ODIs, he earned a call-up to the squad for the Tests against the same opposition.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:33 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Suhrawadi Shuvo


Born November 21, 1988, Rajshahi


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


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Suhrawadi Shuvo

Suhrawadi Shuvo is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler, like his favourite bowler Daniel Vettori, who began playing cricket in 1999 and impressed for Rajshahi Division when he made his first-class debut in 2004-05. He was part of Bangladesh's Under-19 World Cup squad in 2006 and took nine wickets in six matches in Sri Lanka at an average of only 14.44. He went on to lead Bangladesh's U-19 World Cup campaign in 2008, and was handed his ODI debut in the second match against England at Mirpur in February 2010.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:31 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Shafiul Islam


Born October 6, 1989, Bogra


Major teams Bangladesh, Rajshahi Division


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Shafiul Islam

Shafiul Islam, a right-arm fast bowler, forced his way into the first-class scene in 2007 and was immediately in the thick of the action. After taking five wickets on debut, he very nearly steered his side, Rajshahi Division, to an improbable win with the bat. Islam's abilities with the new ball soon made the Bangladesh talent spotters take note. An average of just over 25 in his first two seasons on the benign tracks of Bangladesh, and injuries to senior pacemen including Mashrafe Mortaza, earned the youngster a call-up to the national ODI squad for the home tri-series against India and Sri Lanka. He made his debut against Sri Lanka in the opening game of the series in January 2010.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Mohammad Nazmul Hossain


Born October 5, 1987, Hobigonj, Bangladesh


Major teams Bangladesh, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Under-19s, BCB Development Squad, Sylhet Division


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Mohammad Nazmul Hossain

Nazmul Hossain has an angular delivery style pretty similar to that of Makhaya Ntini but not as quick. He was the top wicket-taker among Bangladeshi pacemen in the last Under-19 World Cup but his deeds probably did not get the attention they deserved because of all the oohs and aahs Shahadat Hossain was evoking for his hostility. Nazmul is an honest bowler who sticks to an off-stump line with the natural angle taking the ball in. But the dangerous one is the delivery which straightens or just moves a shade away - batsmen don't expect that from a bowler with his kind of action. He made his Test debut in the second Test against India at Chittagong in December 2004 but hasn't been picked since. A student of the BKSP, Bangladesh's academy, where many felt that as he had the ability to move the ball, he would have been ideal for the Test matches in England. At the moment, Nazmul is considered an ODI specialist and has not shown any nerves in the games he had played - a quality evident in most of Richard McInness' pupils. He made his debut in the Champions Trophy in England in 2004 and picked up a four-wicket haul in his third ODI. He made a comeback to the ODI squad in 2008 after being dropped for two years. In the following year, his 3 for 30 in the tri-series final in Mirpur gave the Sri Lankan top order nightmares. His father, an army man, was a former Bangladesh international in football.


Posted by anccricket on October 25, 2008 at 2:28 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Mohammad Ashraful


Born July 7, 1984, Dhaka


Major teams Bangladesh, Asia XI, Dhaka Division, Dhaka Metropolis, Mumbai Indians


Also known as Ashraful Matin


Playing role Middle-order batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak, Legbreak

Mohammad Ashraful

On September 8, 2001, at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo, Mohammad Ashraful turned a terrible mismatch into a slice of history by becoming the youngest man - or boy - to make a Test century. Bangladesh still crashed to heavy defeat, but "Matin" brought hope and consolation with a sparkling hundred, repeatedly dancing down to hit the Sri Lankan spinners, including Muralitharan, back over their heads ... and on his debut, too. It was the day before his 17th birthday according to some sources, and 63 days after it according to most others: either way, he broke the long-standing record set by Mushtaq Mohammad (17 years 82 days) when he made 101 for Pakistan against India in 1960-61. Inevitably, such a heady early achievement proved hard to live up to, and after a prolonged poor run Ashraful was dropped for England's first visit in October 2003. He returned to the side a better player, but no less flamboyant, as he demonstrated with a glorious unbeaten 158 in defeat against India at Chittagong late in 2004. Still not 21 when Bangladesh made their maiden tour of England the following year, Ashraful confirmed his status as one for the future at Cardiff, when his brilliantly paced century set Bangladesh up for their astonishing victory over Australia in the NatWest Series. But Ashraful didn't fulfil his evident potential on the tour of Sri Lanka that followed, often getting out to loose shots, and made little impact against the Australians early in 2006 either. An extended run of poor form forced the management to drop Ashraful for the final qualifying match of the Champions Trophy against Zimbabwe. He was also omitted from the squad for the home series against Zimbabwe in December but was immediately recalled after slamming 263 for Dhaka Division against Chittagong Division in the domestic four-day competition. He was appointed Bangladesh's captain in June 2007 at the tender age of 22. The next two years turned out to be the toughest in his career. Bangladesh failed to win a Test under his leadership, and save for ODI victories against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, the team continued to under-perform in all formats. His batting form too suffered in the process but he never expressed his wish to relinquish the captaincy. After a disappointing campaign in the World Twenty20 in 2009, the board decided to relieve him of his duties to let him focus on his batting.