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Arafat Sunny

Arafat Sunny (born 29 September 1986) is a Bangladeshi first-class cricketer. A left-handed batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler, he made his debut for Dhaka Division in the 2001–02 season.[1] He currently plays first-class cricket for Dhaka Metropolis, and Twenty20 cricket for the Rangpur Riders.[2] He has the bowling figures of 4/29 and 4/27 against Zimbabwe in consecutive ODIs in the bilateral series in 2014.

In 2016, he was selected in Bangladesh's squad for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20. However, he was later suspended from bowling in international cricket due to an illegal action bowled during the tournament.[3]

In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Rajshahi Kings team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[4] He was the leading wicket-taker for the team in the tournament, with sixteen dismissals in twelve matches.[5] He was also the leading wicket-taker for Dhaka Metropolis in the 2018–19 National Cricket League, with twenty-three dismissals in five matches.[6] In November 2019, he was selected to play for the Rangpur Rangers in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League.[7]

Court cases

On January 22, 2017 police raided Sunny's home in the Dhaka suburb of Aminbazar after his longtime girlfriend filed a complaint. Sunny could face up to 14 years in jail or a fine of 10 million taka ($126,340).[8]

Sunny along with his mother was under investigation for demanding dowry from a woman, claiming to be his wife. The international player has been charged under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act. A court ordered them to be put in jail on 13 February 2017 [9]


  1. ^ "Player Profile: Arafat Sunny". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Teams Arafat Sunny played for". CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Taskin and Sunny suspended from bowling due to actions". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Full players list of the teams following Players Draft of BPL T20 2018-19". Bangladesh Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Bangladesh Premier League, 2018/19 - Rajshahi Kings: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  6. ^ "National Cricket League, 2018/19 - Dhaka Metropolis: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  7. ^ "BPL draft: Tamim Iqbal to team up with coach Mohammad Salahuddin for Dhaka". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Offensive photos of girlfriend lands Bangladesh cricketer in jail". Deccan Chronicle. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Bangladesh cricketer Arafat Sunny sent to jail". Deccan Chronicle. 13 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
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