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Shafiul Islam

Shafiul Islam (Bengali: শফিউল ইসলাম, born 6 October 1989) is a Bangladeshi cricketer. A right-arm fast-medium bowler, Shafiul has played for Rajshahi Division since 2006/07.

Domestic career

The Bangladesh Cricket Board founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League in 2012, a twenty20 tournament to be held in February 2011.[1] An auction was held for teams to buy players,[2] and Shafiul was bought by the Khulna Royal Bengal for $65,000.[3] He was the team's fourth-highest wicket-taker with five wickets from seven matches.[4] In April the BCB upgraded Shafiul' central contract from grade C to grade B.[5]

He was the leading wicket-taker for Agrani Bank Cricket Club in the 2017–18 Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, with 24 dismissals in 13 matches.[6]

In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Rangpur Riders team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[7]

In March 2019, bowling for Mohammedan Sporting Club against Gazi Group Cricketers in the opening round of the 2018–19 Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, Shafiul took his first five-wicket haul in List A cricket.[8]

International career

Shafiul received his first international call-up when he selected for Bangladesh's squad for a tri-series with India and Sri Lanka in January 2010. He was the only player in Bangladesh's squad with no prior international experience, but his selection was based on his performance in Bangladesh's domestic league.[9]

He made his One Day International debut on 4 January 2010 against Sri Lanka. He opened the bowling with Rubel Hossain and conceded 39 runs from 5 over. He managed to take one wicket, that of Kumar Sangakkara who was caught behind for 74.[10] After taking a wicket in each of his first two ODI matches against, he was named in a 14-man Test squad to play India later that month.[11] He made his Test debut on 17 January and opened the bowling with Shahadat Hossain; India won by 113 runs and Shafiul's maiden wicket was that of Gautam Gambhir.[12]

In the space of a month, Shafiul twice conceded more than 90 runs in an ODI, first against Pakistan in June 2010 and then against England in July. Consequently, he holds the record for most and second-most expensive bowling figures by a Bangladesh player in ODIs.[13]

Bangladesh hosted the 2011 World Cup in February, March, and April along with India and Sri Lanka. Shafiul was selected in Bangladesh's 15-man squad. On 11 March, Shafiul shared in a 58-run partnership for the ninth wicket to help Bangladesh to victory over England by two wickets.[14] After the match, Bangladesh fans chanted "Bangladesh, Bangladesh  Shafiul is the real hero".[15] After the match, Shafiul and Mahmudullah were given 1 million taka for their match-winning partnership.[16] Imrul Kayes was named man of the match, although he opined that "The last match Man-of-the-Match award was given to me but I did not deserve it. It was Shafiul who should have got it."[17] The captain, Shakib Al Hasan praised Shafiul's performance and his bowling in the following match against the Netherlands.[17] A foot injury meant Shafiul missed both the Tests against the West Indies in November 2011.[18]

In December 2018, he was named in Bangladesh's team for the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup.[19]

Playing style

Champaka Ramanayake, Bangladesh's bowling coach when Shafiul started playing for the team, commented that "Shafiul has lot of skill; has a very good slow bouncer and can bowl the yorker also. He has to be given enough chances to shine and we are very confident that he will come through".[20] He generally bowls at the same length, and the national selectors feel that he needs to vary his bowling more to be effective at Test level.[21]

References

  1. ^ Engineer, Tariq (28 December 2011), Bangladesh Premier League to begin on February 9, Cricinfo, retrieved 20 January 2012
  2. ^ Isam, Mohammad (19 January 2012), Afridi and Gayle fetch highest BPL prices, Cricinfo, retrieved 20 January 2012
  3. ^ Bangladesh Premier League: players standing after auction (PDF), Cricinfo, retrieved 20 January 2012
  4. ^ Bangladesh Premier League, 2011/12 / Records / Most wickets, Cricinfo, retrieved 22 March 2012
  5. ^ Ashraful chopped from central contracts list, Cricinfo, 1 April 2012, retrieved 3 April 2012
  6. ^ "Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, 2017/18: Agrani Bank Cricket Club". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Full players list of the teams following Players Draft of BPL T20 2018-19". Bangladesh Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Shafiul guides Mohammedan to win with career-best bowling". United News of Bangladesh. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  9. ^ Cricinfo staff (31 December 2009), Mashrafe Mortaza not picked for tri-series, Cricinfo, retrieved 2 January 2010
  10. ^ Balachandran, Kanishkaa (4 January 2010), Tillakaratne Dilshan masterminds easy victory, Cricinfo, retrieved 13 January 2010
  11. ^ Shahriar Nafees And Shafiul Islam Make Test Squad, Cricketworld.com, 11 January 2010, retrieved 12 January 2010
  12. ^ f52213 t1949 Bangladesh v India: India in Bangladesh 2009/10 (1st Test), CricketArchive, retrieved 22 March 2012
  13. ^ Records / Bangladesh / One-Day Internationals / Most runs conceded in an innings, Cricinfo, retrieved 22 March 2012
  14. ^ Miller, Andrew (11 March 2011), Shafiul stars as Bangladesh seal thriller, Cricinfo, retrieved 15 March 2011
  15. ^ Cricket World Cup: Bangladeshis toast win over England, BBC Sport, 12 March 2011, retrieved 15 March 2011
  16. ^ Monga, Sidharth (14 March 2011), Shakib hails Shafiul as key, Cricinfo, retrieved 15 March 2011
  17. ^ a b Monga, Sidharth (14 March 2011), Shakib hails Shafiul as key, Cricinfo, retrieved 15 March 2011
  18. ^ Razzak dropped for West Indies Tests; Shafiul injured, Cricinfo, 18 October 2011, retrieved 26 December 2011
  19. ^ "Media Release : ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2018: Bangladesh emerging squad announced". Bangladesh Cricket Board. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  20. ^ Veera, Sriram (11 January 2010), Struggling Bangladesh seamers face the heat, Cricinfo, retrieved 13 January 2010
  21. ^ Mohammad, Isam (23 December 2011), Bangladesh doomed by paucity of first-class cricket, Cricinfo, retrieved 26 December 2011

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