Rubel Hossain

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Rubel Hossain
রুবেল হোসেন
Rubel Hossain (2) (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full nameMohammad Rubel Hossain
Born (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 29)
Bagerhat, Khulna, Bangladesh
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
BattingRight handed
BowlingRight arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 56)9 July 2009 v West Indies
Last Test4 July 2018 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 94)14 January 2009 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI11 December 2018 v West Indies
ODI shirt no.34
T20I debut6 June 2009 v India
Last T20I5 August 2018 v West Indies
Domestic team information
2007/08–presentChittagong Division
2012Chittagong Kings
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 26 95 27 52
Runs scored 259 120 17 485
Batting average 9.96 4.80 3.40 9.32
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 45* 17 8* 45*
Balls bowled 3834 3290 272 6475
Wickets 33 121 26 80
Bowling average 80.33 32.69 31.39 57.95
5 wickets in innings 1 1 0 3
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 0
Best bowling 5/166 6/26 3/31 5/22
Catches/stumpings 11/– 11/– 1/– 17/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo,[1], 11 December 2018

Mohammad Rubel Hossain (Bengali: মোহাম্মদ রুবেল হোসেন; born 1 January 1990) is a Bangladeshi cricketer. He has the poorest bowling average amongst Test players who have bowled at least 2,500 deliveries.[2] He made his Test, ODI and T20I debuts in 2009.

Early and domestic career[edit]

A quick bowler with a slingy action similar to Lasith Malinga's[3]—Rubel can consistently deliver good pace and bounce. He also innovate a technique of delivery named 'Butter Fly'. His first-class debut arrived for Chittagong Division in 2007, where he picked up match figures of 1/137 against Khulna Division. After a string of good performances in the National Cricket League, he was selected to play for the Bangladesh Under-19 team, and soon after, the Bangladesh A team.

In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Dhaka Dynamites team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[4]

International career[edit]

Rubel is known as the fastest bowler in Bangladesh cricket history.[citation needed] He bowled 149.5  km/h in a warm-up game in 2009 ICC World Twenty20. He also bowled at 148  km/h vs Sri Lanka in 2015 Cricket World Cup. Rubel's best ODI figure is 6/26 vs New Zealand, where he also took a hattrick. Rubel Hossain consistently bowled around 145 km/h in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Rubel was named in the ODI squad for the tri-series with Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, and made his debut in the third game of the round-robin stage, a game Bangladesh needed to win to progress to the final. Rubel cleaned up the middle-order and tail with a 4-wicket haul in 5.3 overs. He also played in the tri-series final, where he had a poor end to the game, but retained his place for the three ODI series against Zimbabwe soon after. More good performances led to his being named in the Test squad to face the West Indies for the first time. He made his debut at Arnos Vale, and took three wickets in West Indies' 1st innings, and also formed a good 10th wicket partnership with Shahadat Hossain in Bangladesh's 1st innings.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board in 2012 founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League, a twenty20 tournament to be held in February that year.[5] An auction was held for teams to buy players,[6] and Rubel was bought by the Sylhet Royals for $70,000.[7]

In April 2018, he was one of ten cricketers to be awarded a central contract by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) ahead of the 2018 season.[8]

Bangladeshi police arrested Rubel after Bangladeshi actress Naznin Akter Happy complained that he raped her. He was put in custody for three days, later the court granted him bail to participate for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. On Bangladesh's victory over England, in which Hossain played a starring role, Nazneen withdrew the charges.[9] Because of Rubel's performance against England, Happy's lawyer, Debul Day, ended his participation in the case saying "I no longer wish to fight against Rubel after seeing Bangladesh succeed. Rubel should feel no pressure."[10]

Legal Trouble[edit]

Rubel Hossain was accused of rape by Bangladeshi actress Naznin Happy. He was arrested on in custody for three days but allowed to leave on bail to play the World Cup. After helping Bangladesh qualify for the Quarter-Finals, Happy dropped all charges of rape against Rubel Hossain. This didn't stop other teams from attacking Rubel about it though. In an instance against India, a person, unclear whether it was a substitute player or fan in the crowd, proceeded to call Rubel, "Rapist Rubel" and mock him for his rape charges. [11]


  1. ^ Rubel Hossain | Bangladesh Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved on 18 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Records | Test matches | Bowling records | Worst career bowling average | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  3. ^ "World Twenty20 day two as it happened". BBC Sport. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Full players list of the teams following Players Draft of BPL T20 2018-19". Bangladesh Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  5. ^ Engineer, Tariq (28 December 2011). "Bangladesh Premier League to begin on February 9". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  6. ^ Isam, Mohammad (19 January 2012). "Afridi and Gayle fetch highest BPL prices". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Bangladesh Premier League: players standing after auction" (PDF). ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  8. ^ "BCB cuts contracts list for 2018 to ten". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Naznin Akter Happy drops rape charges against Rubel Hossain". Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  10. ^ "How a Country Made Its Cricket Hero's Rape Case Disappear". Sports. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  11. ^ "How a Country Made Its Cricket Hero's Rape Case Disappear". Sports. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2017.