Khaled Mashud

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Khaled Mashud
Personal information
Full name Khaled Mashud
Born (1976-02-08) 8 February 1976 (age 38)
Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Nickname Pilot
Batting style Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 6) 10 November 2000 v India
Last Test 28 June 2007 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 26) 5 April 1995 v India
Last ODI 5 December 2006 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
Years Team
1997–2011 Rajshahi Division
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 44 126 101 184
Runs scored 1,409 1,818 3,933 2,578
Batting average 19.04 21.90 24.89 20.46
100s/50s 1/3 0/7 3/18 0/10
Top score 103* 71* 201* 71*
Balls bowled 0 0 50 7
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 78/9 91/35 174/18 147/49
Source: Cricinfo, 21 November 2008

Khaled Mashud (Bengali: খালেদ মাসুদ) (born 8 February 1976 in Rajshahi) is a Bangladeshi cricketer. A wicketkeeper and more than a useful middle order batsman, he was a regular member of the national team between 1995–2007. Bangladeshi coach Dav Whatmore has gone so far as to claim Mashud as the best wicketkeeper in Asia.[1]

Early days[edit]

Mashud played for the Bangladesh U-19 side in 1993. Apart from his keeping duties. he also took the important responsibility of batting at No. 3. Within couple of years, he graduated to the national team and played against the touring England 'A' team in February 1995. His ODI debut came later in the year at Sharjah.

In Test cricket[edit]

He made an impressive Test debut with the bat, scoring 32 and 21* in the historical match against India, in November 2000.[2] But his most memorable moment in Test cricket came in the West Indies in May 2004. Despite taking a first innings lead of 64, Bangladesh ran into trouble, losing their first seven wickets for just 123 runs. Mashud then led a late order recovery to take the score to 271/9 (decl.). The declaration came just after Mashud completed his hundred (103*). He was given exclellent support by Rafiq (29) and Tapash (26).[3] Behind the stumps, his 87 victims from 44 matches does not sound very impressive, but he was playing for a side which possessed very little venom in their bowling department.

In ODI cricket[edit]

Mashud had little chance to show his mettle as a one-day batsman, as he almost inevitably came to bat with his team struggling. Still, he managed to get a top score of 71*, against the Australians in 2005.[4] With the Bangladesh spinners being more effective n limited-over games, Mashud had more chance to show his class. His 91 catches and 35 stumpings in ODI testify to that.

In ICC Trophy[edit]

Pilot was a vtial member of the truimphant Bangladesh team in the 1997 ICC tropphy. There, he topped the batting average for his country, scoring 92 runs and getting out only once. He was MoM in the SF against Scotland after scoring 70 and sharing a 115 run partership with Aminul Islam. In the final, he scored a quickfire 15* from just 7 deliveries to take Bangladesh home to a last ball victory. His innings inlcluded two massive hits for six. He also enjoyed a highly successful time behind the stumps with 12 catches and 11 stumpings.[5]

The end[edit]

His place in the side came under threat, however, with the emergence of Mushfiqur Rahim, combined with his own failure to score a half century in 24 Test innings. He was subsequently dropped from the Bangladesh squad for the 2007 Cricket World Cup and after a brief return against Sri Lanka did not feature, with Rahim and Dhiman Ghosh being preferred as wicketkeepers. He announced his retirement from international cricket in 2008 but continues to play domestic cricket in Bangladesh as captain of the Rajshahi Division team. Pilot has announced his retirement in domestic cricket which he captained his team to win the title in 2011.

Controversies[edit]

Pilot had a brief stint as captain of Bangladesh. But, he lost his captaincy in acrimonious circumstances following the 2003 WC in Africa. Bangladesh suffered defeats at the hands of Canada and Kenya amidst allegations of Match fixing. Although the allegations were not proved Pilot was stripped of his captaincy duty. In February 2006, he was fined after being found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute during a match against Sri Lanka.[6]

Family connection[edit]

His father, Shamsu was a prominent footballer of the country in the 70's. A striker, he formed a deadly partnership with legendary Salahuddin, to help Abahani win the Dhaka League title in 1977.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]: Cricinfo player profile (Retrieved on 2008-10-03)
  2. ^ [2] Cricinfo Scorecard: Bangladesh Vs India Nov. 2000 (Retrieved on 2010-07-09)
  3. ^ [3] Cricinfo Scorecard: Bangladesh Vs. WI 1st test May 2004 (Retrieved on 2010-07-12)
  4. ^ [4] Cricinfo Scorecard: Natwest Series 9th match June 2005 (Retrieved on 2010-07-12)
  5. ^ [5] Banglacricket 1997 ICC Trophy (Retrieved on 2010-07-13)
  6. ^ "2006: Penalties imposed on players for breaches of ICC Code of Conduct". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 2007-01-30. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Naimur Rahman
Bangladesh national cricket captain
2001/2
Succeeded by
Khaled Mahmud
Preceded by
Habibul Bashar
Bangladesh national cricket captain
2004/5
Succeeded by
Habibul Bashar