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Habibul Bashar

Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar on field as selectors of BCB

Qazi Habibul Bashar (Bengali: কাজী হাবিবুল বাশার; born 17 August 1972) is a Bangladeshi cricketer and the former captain of the Bangladeshi cricket team. Under the managership of Dav Whatmore, he has been found to be the most successful captain to lead the Bangladesh team to overcome several milestones. The first test victory of Bangladesh came under his hands in 2004 against Zimbabwe. Under Bashar's captaincy, Bangladesh have beaten Australia, India, South Africa and Sri Lanka in limited overs matches. Bashar is currently one of the chief selectors of BCB, along with Akram Khan and Minhajul Abedin.[1]

Early career

In 1989 Bashar played for the Bangladesh Under-19 team in the U-19 Asia Cup. Through the 1990s he played his domestic cricket for Biman Bangladesh Airlines. His ODI debut came at the 1995 Asia Cup against Sri Lanka. He missed the 1997 ICC Trophy, in which Bangladesh were the champions but did play in the Asia Cup of that year. He was also left out of the 1999 World Cup squad. After the World Cup he again entered the team and with Eddie Barlow’s inspiration he got the chance to play more.

Keeping up with the traditional inconsistency with announcing the side, Bashar was again out of the team for Bangladesh's inaugural test. His consistent performance before the test drew the attention of the press and after heavy criticism from them he was finally included in the side. Bashar made the first fifty in the history of Bangladesh Test cricket to prove his ability.

Career story

Bashar is one of Bangladesh's leading batsmen. As of May 2007, he is the only Bangladeshi with a Test batting average greater than 30, he has also scored 24 fifties (a Bangladeshi record) plus three Test centuries.

Bashar was the captain of Bangladesh from January 2004 to June 2007, during this time he led the team to some notable successes. When Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh in January 2005, Bangladesh recorded their first Test match win, their first Test series win, and their first One Day International series win. In June 2005, Bangladesh beat the world champions Australia in a One Day International in Cardiff. In April 2006, they came close to beating Australia in a Test match, taking a first-innings lead of 158, eventually losing by three wickets. Bangladesh lost the ODI series with Zimbabwe in August 2006 by 3–2, but beat them in the last qualifying match of the Champions Trophy. Thanks to these efforts, Bangladesh are currently above Zimbabwe in the LG ICC ODI rankings, and showing that they are improving by the match.

Bashar had a disappointing 2007 World Cup as a batsman, with an average of only 13.12 and a highest score of 32. In spite of this, Bangladesh performed relatively well. Following a 1–0 test series defeat to India, Bashar resigned as ODI captain but wanted to remain part of the ODI team. However, despite stating that he wanted to continue to be test captain, Bashar was removed from this position on 2 June 2007 and replaced by Mohammad Ashraful who also took over as ODI captain. On 14 September, he announced his retirement from international cricket. Then he became the captain of the Dhaka Warriors side in ICL.At the end of 2009 he retired from ICL and came back at the mainstream of Bangladesh cricket. He has retired from all forms of professional cricket after playing the 2009/10 season. Currently he is playing in the local weekend cricket tournament for The Josephite Warriors. Bashar was also a national Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in Bangladesh.

2017 Champions Trophy

Habibul Bashar set to represent Bangladesh as the brand ambassador during the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.[2]

Career milestones

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Bashar's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).


Test Debut: vs India, Bangabandhu, 2000

  • He made his highest score of 113 in Test cricket against West Indies, 2004.


ODI Debut: vs Sri Lanka, Sharjah, 1995

  • He made his highest score of 78 in ODI cricket against Zimbabwe, 2007
Preceded by
Khaled Mashud
Bangladesh national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Mohammad Ashraful


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28 September 2019