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|Full name||Khaled Mashud|
8 February 1976 |
|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|
|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.
Mashud played for the Bangladesh U-19 side in 1993. Apart from his keeping duties. he also took the important respnsibility of batting at No. 3.Within couple of years, he graduated to the national team, and played against the touring England 'A'team in Feb. 1995. His ODI debut came later in the year, at Sharjah.
In test cricket
He made an impressive test debut with the bat, scoring 32 and 21* in the hisotorical match against India, in Nov. 2000. But his most memorable moment in Test cricket came in the WI in May 2004. despite taking a first innings lead of 64, Bangladesh ran into trouble, losing their first 7 wickets for just 123 runs. Pilot 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) & Tapash (26). 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 the bowling department.
In ODI cricket
Mashud had little chance to show his mettle as a One Day batsman, as he almost inevibably came to bat with his team struggling. Still, he managed to get a top score of 71*, against the Aussies in 2005. 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- : Cricinfo player profile (Retrieved on 2008-10-03)
-  Cricinfo Scorecard: Bangladesh Vs India Nov. 2000 (Retrieved on 2010-07-09)
-  Cricinfo Scorecard: Bangladesh Vs. WI 1st test May 2004 (Retrieved on 2010-07-12)
-  Cricinfo Scorecard: Natwest Series 9th match June 2005 (Retrieved on 2010-07-12)
-  Banglacricket 1997 ICC Trophy (Retrieved on 2010-07-13)
- "2006: Penalties imposed on players for breaches of ICC Code of Conduct". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 2007-01-30.
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