Khandker Nazrul Quader

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Nazrul Quader, also known as Lintu, was a left arm spin bowler from Bangladesh. He was a member of the Bangladesh cricket team that played against the MCC in the historical match at Dhaka in 1976-77.

Bowling action[edit]

Though he was a spin bowler, he had the fast run up of a left arm seamer. Unlike most other left arm spinners, he mostly bowled over the wicket. He was quicker than most spinners, and he surprised many batsman with his pace. He also had a good "Chinaman" (the wrong one of the left arm spinner).[1]

International career[edit]

He had a brief, but highly successful international career. In the historical match at Dhaka, he bowled successfully for the local side taking 4/54. In February 1978, he bowled well against the touring Decan Blues side of India. After the match the Indian captain, Ajit Wadekar described him as the best Bangladeshi bowler.[citation needed]

The spinning trio[edit]

At a time when the famed spinning quartet of India, (Chandra, Bedi, Prasanna and Venkat) were coming to the ends of their careers, the spinning trio of Bangladesh were just beginning to make their mark on international cricket. Helping Nazrul Kader, was Omar Khaled Rumy (leg-spin/googly), and Syed Ashraful Haq (orthodox off-spin). Especially during the 78-79 season the trio was in full flow. The slow turning pitches were suitable to them. At Jessore Rumy (4/30) and Lintu (4/49) bowled the MCC out for only 166. At Dhaka, Lintu with 3/79, Rumy with 3/63 and Ashraful with 2/1 bowled the opposition for a mere 210. The trio were lucky to have Shafiq-ul-Haq Hira behind the stumps, as Hira was an expert in keeping to the slow bowlers. Keeping to Lintu was a special challenge, because of his extra pace, but Hira was up to the task.[2]

An abrupt end[edit]

Exclusion from the tour party to England ended Lintu's brief international career. Soon, he went abroad for further studies, and instead of concentrating on cricket he pursued his career as an engineer. With Bangladesh cricket very much at the amateur stages, a number of other cricketers (Mainu, Shirazi, Misha to name a few) gave their professional career greater importance than cricket.[citation needed] Things only changed in later part of the 80s.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hasan Babli. "Antorjartik Crickete Bangladesh". Khelar Bhuban Prakashani, November 1994.
  2. ^ Hasan Babli. "Antorjartik Crickete Bangladesh". Khelar Bhuban Prakashani, November 1994.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2007-08-30. : Rafiqul Ameer."Looking Back: Bangladesh Cricket in the 80s". Retrieved on 2008-9-30.

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