Shafiul Islam

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Shafiul Islam
Personal information
Full name Shafiul Islam
Born (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 25)
Bogra, Bangladesh
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 57) 8 August 2011 v Zimbabwe
Last Test 8 August 2011 v Zimbabwe
ODI debut (cap 95) 4 January 2010 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 8 May 2013 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006/07–present Rajshahi Division
2012 Khulna Royal Bengal
2013–present Barisal Burners
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 6 51 30 66
Runs scored 149 124 536 141
Batting average 13.54 5.73 14.88 6.13
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 53 24* 53 24*
Balls bowled 996 2,133 4,346 2,782
Wickets 8 58 72 83
Bowling average 71.12 36.01 30.38 32.10
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/86 4/21 6/39 4/21
Catches/stumpings 1/– 8/– 8/– 10/–
Source: Cricinfo, 09 February 2014

Shafiul Islam (Bengali: শফিউল ইসলাম, born 8 October 1989) is a cricketer from Bangladesh. A right-arm fast-medium bowler, he has played for Rajshahi Division since 2006/07. Shafiul made his One Day International debut for Bangladesh in January 2010, and the same month played his first Test.


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.[1] He made his One Day International (ODI) 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] After the match, Bangladesh fans chanted "Bangladesh, Bangladesh  Shafiul is the real hero".[7] After the match, Shafiul and Mahmudullah were given 1 million taka for their match-winning partnership.[8] 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."[9] The captain, Shakib Al Hasan praised Shafiul's performance and his bowling in the following match against the Netherlands.[9] A foot injury meant Shafiul missed both the Tests against the West Indies in November 2011.[10]

The Bangladesh Cricket Board founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League in 2012, a twenty20 tournament to be held in February that year.[11] An auction was held for teams to buy players,[12] and Shafiul was bought by the Khulna Royal Bengal for $65,000.[13] He was the team's fourth-highest wicket-taker with five wickets from seven matches.[14] In April the BCB upgraded Shafiul' central contract from grade C to grade B.[15]

Playing style[edit]

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".[16] 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.[17]


  1. ^ Cricinfo staff (31 December 2009), Mashrafe Mortaza not picked for tri-series, Cricinfo, retrieved 2010-01-02 
  2. ^ Balachandran, Kanishkaa (4 January 2010), Tillakaratne Dilshan masterminds easy victory, Cricinfo, retrieved 2010-01-13 
  3. ^ Shahriar Nafees And Shafiul Islam Make Test Squad,, 11 January 2010, retrieved 2010-01-12 
  4. ^ f52213 t1949 Bangladesh v India: India in Bangladesh 2009/10 (1st Test), CricketArchive, retrieved 2012-03-22 
  5. ^ Records / Bangladesh / One-Day Internationals / Most runs conceded in an innings, Cricinfo, retrieved 2012-03-22 
  6. ^ Miller, Andrew (11 March 2011), Shafiul stars as Bangladesh seal thriller, Cricinfo, retrieved 2011-03-15 
  7. ^ Cricket World Cup: Bangladeshis toast win over England, BBC Sport, 12 March 2011, retrieved 2011-03-15 
  8. ^ Monga, Sidharth (14 March 2011), Shakib hails Shafiul as key, Cricinfo, retrieved 2011-03-15 
  9. ^ a b Monga, Sidharth (14 March 2011), Shakib hails Shafiul as key, Cricinfo, retrieved 2011-03-15 
  10. ^ Razzak dropped for West Indies Tests; Shafiul injured, Cricinfo, 18 October 2011, retrieved 2011-12-26 
  11. ^ Engineer, Tariq (28 December 2011), Bangladesh Premier League to begin on February 9, Cricinfo, retrieved 2012-01-20 
  12. ^ Isam, Mohammad (19 January 2012), Afridi and Gayle fetch highest BPL prices, Cricinfo, retrieved 2012-01-20 
  13. ^ Bangladesh Premier League: players standing after auction (PDF), Cricinfo, retrieved 2012-01-20 
  14. ^ Bangladesh Premier League, 2011/12 / Records / Most wickets, Cricinfo, retrieved 2012-03-22 
  15. ^ Ashraful chopped from central contracts list, Cricinfo, 1 April 2012, retrieved 2012-04-03 
  16. ^ Veera, Sriram (11 January 2010), Struggling Bangladesh seamers face the heat, Cricinfo, retrieved 2010-01-13 
  17. ^ Mohammad, Isam (23 December 2011), Bangladesh doomed by paucity of first-class cricket, Cricinfo, retrieved 2011-12-26 

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