In Bangladesh, popularity of cricket is increasing day by day. Even it has surpassed football in a bid of popularity. Young generation of our country is giving much focus on playing cricket rather than other sports. The main purpose of choosing this game as a career is to earn name and fame internationally. Bangladesh is no more a weak opponent. In their short cricket career, they have defeated many big test playing countries and have been named giant killer. Bangladesh cricket team has produced many talented players. Here, in this entry, I have given a list of ten Bangladeshi players based on their performance. If you have anything to share then let us know in the comment section.
Shakib Al Hasan: Shakib Al Hasan is considered as one of the most successful cricket players of Bangladesh. The 26-year-old left-handed all-rounder is undoubtedly the best cricketer Bangladesh has ever produced. He brought respect for his country after becoming the world number one all-rounder in Test cricket in December 2011.
However, Shakib Al Hasan lost his position to Indian player R. Ashwin in the recently announced ICC Test all-rounder rankings and dropped one place to second. He has continued his dominance in the ODI all-rounder rankings holding the top position while he is ranked fourth in T20I all-rounder rankings.
He is the first player from Bangladesh to feature in English county, Worcestershire, and spent several months playing for the club in 2010. He has also played in Sri Lankan Premier League, Caribbean Premier League and Big Bash League (BBL).
Claiming 113 wickets from 32 Test matches, he has become the highest wicket taker of Bangladesh.
Raqibul Hasan: The legendary cricketer, Raquibul Hasan, is regarded as one of the best batsman of his time in the history of Bangladesh cricket. He became the first and only Bengali to play for the Pakistan cricket team after being selected in the Pakistan squad at the age of 18. He was picked against the Commonwealth in a four-day match on 26 February 1971 at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka. However, due to the turmoil creamed by the crowd on the final day, the match was abandoned.
After Bangladesh became independent in 1971, he returned to his country and became a very important figure building the Bangladesh cricket. Later he became the country’s first captain. Making his international debut in 1986, he played two ODIs against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Asia Cup and scored 17 runs in total.
Akram Khan: Akram Khan is considered as the first real hero of Bangladesh cricket due to his contribution that helped the national team to become a Full member from Associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). He played a very important role in 1997 ICC Trophy in Malaysia which Bangladesh won and qualified for the 1999 Cricket World Cup for the first time.
He along with Aminul Islam and Minhazul Abedin made a strong middle-order batting trio. He comes from a family where sport was given first choice despite the times. He made his ODI debut in 1988 and scored 976 runs including 5 half-centuries, in 44 one-day international matches. He made his Test debut with Bangladesh’s inaugural Test match in 2000 against India and since then played 8 Tests where he scored 259 runs at an average of 16.18 . Now, he is the currently the chief selector of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
He is the paternal uncle of Nafees Iqbal and Tamim Iqbal.
Aminul Islam Bulbul: Aminul Islam Bulbul, one of Bangladesh’s most celebrated cricketers in the pre-Test-status era, was part of a middle-order batting trio who kept up the country’s hope of playing in the World Cup. He became the third player after Charles Bannerman and Dave Houghton to score a century in a nation’s Test debut. Even his 145-run innings against India is the second highest score after Australia’s Bannerman’s 165 in the first official Test match.
He played 39 ODI matches from 1988 to 2002 because Bangladesh rarely got the chance to play official one day internationals until it became a full member of ICC in 2000. Playing 13 Tests, he scored 530 runs at an average of 21.20, including 1 century and 2 half-centuries.
He was appointed captain of Bangladesh cricket team in 1999 cricket world cup.
Mohammad Ashraful: Mohammad Ashraful was undoubtedly one of the talented players of Bangladesh cricket team. It is sad to see that such a player like him being suspended after admitting his involvement into spot-fixing during the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League. If he did not involve himself in this scam then he would be the legendary figure of Bangladesh cricket history.
He became the youngest player to score a century in Test cricket after scoring 114 runs in the second innings against Sri Lanka on 6 September 2001, which was his Test debut game. It was not an easy achievement because he hat to bat against Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas.
In his 61-Test career, he scored 6 hundreds that record is yet to be made by any Bangladeshi batsman.
Mohammed Rafiq: Mohammed Rafiq is a very well-known figure in Bangladesh. During his era, he was regarded as one of the second best finger spinners after New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori. He will be recognized to his fans as a leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh in Test matches. In 33 Test matches, he claimed 100 wickets at an economy rate of 2.79. Playing 125 ODIs, he took 125 wickets and became the first Bangladeshi player to have taken 100 wickets in both Tests and ODIs. Besides, he has also scored 1000 runs in both formats.
He was also effective hard-hitter lower-order batsman. Depending on his 77-run innings, Bangladesh cricket team registered their first ever ODI match victory against Kenya in May 1998 at Hyderabad. He was one of the players of Bangladesh’s inaugural Test match in 2000.
Abdur Razzak: Abdur Razzak is one of the senior players in the current Bangladesh cricket squad. This slow left-arm orthodox bowler is the only Bangladeshi player to take 200 wickets in ODI. Though he has just played 11 Tests since making his debut in 2006 against Australia, he is a regular member of ODI format. Playing 147 ODIs from 2004, he has taken 204 wickets at an economy rate of 4.49 and has been more successful bowler in the shorter format of this game. He has claimed only 23 wickets in 11 Test matches.
It can be undoubted said that better future is waiting for the 31-year-old player. He should try to take as many wickets as possible to take his record to a highest which cannot be easily accessible.
Tamim Iqbal: Tamim Iqbal is the nephew of veteran Bangladeshi cricketer Akram Khan and brother of former opener Nafees Iqbal. However, he has his own stardom and it is increasing day by day. To young cricketers, he is a symbol of hard-hitting batting. Though he poorly performed in his ODI debut in 2007 against Zimbabwe, he did not take long time to prove his talent and permanent his position to the national squad.
In 2011, he became the first Bangladeshi player to be named as one of the four Cricketers of the Year, in Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. Even, he was named the Test Player of the Year in the same managing that year. Currently, he is the highest run scorer for Bangladesh in T20 international. He was one of the two players who played in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League.
Khaled Mashud: Khaled Mashud was a very reliable man behind the wicket. He was a wicket-keeper and an effective middle order batsman. He will be remembered for his passionate innings against the West Indies in May 2004. In the second innings of this match, he guided his team to score 271/9 (Decl.) after Bangladesh was in trouble losing 7 wickets despite taking a first innings lead of 64.
He was even given captaincy for a short time. He was sacked from his position after an accusation of match fixing which rose after team lost at the hands of Canada and Kenya in the 2003 World Cup in Africa.
In 44 matches, he took 78 catches and broke stumps nine times. Former Bangladeshi coach, Dav Whatmore, claimed him as the best wicketkeeper in Asia.Minhajul Abedin Nannu: Minhajul Abedin is a former Bangladeshi cricketer. He was one of the players of the middle-order batting trio who played a very important role shifting Bangladesh from ICC’s Associate members to Full members. He became a regular member in the middle order position for his consistent performance. He played 27 ODI matches from 1986 to 1999 and scored 453 runs with a career best innings of 68. During his career, he captained his country twice during the Asia Cup of 1990-91. Now, he is one of the chief selectors of BCB, along with his colleagues Akram Khan and Habibul Bashar.