Shafiq-ul-Haq (also known as Shafiqueul Haque; born 1946) was a Bangladeshi cricket player who played in the 1979 ICC Trophy and the 1982 ICC Trophy in England. In the latter tournament he captained the side and they finished fourth. They won 4 and lost 3 games in this tournament. He is father-in-law of famous Bangladeshi film actor Salman Shah.
As a wicketkeeper
In its 30-year history of international cricket, Bangladesh have already produced three top class wicketkeepers, Shafiq-ul-Haq Heera in the 1970s, Nasir Ahmed Nasu in the 80's and Khaled Mashud Pilot in more recent times. All three were highly competent, but Heera certainly had the edge over the other two, when it came to keeping wickets against the spinners.
He was lucky in a sense. Bangladesh had three quality spinners in his time, Lintu the left armer, Rumy, the leggie and (Syed) Ashraful Haque the offie. It was a delight to watch Heera keep wickets against these spinners. Keeping to Lintu was a special challenge, because he was much quicker than an average spinner. Heera also showed great ability in picking up Rumy, as the leg spinner used to mix up few googleys along with his leg-spinners.
During his time, he was the undisputed number-1 keeper of the country. In fact, two other keepers, Belal and Manju (elder brother of Nasu) occasionally played for the national side, but only as batsman. Hira himself, was no mean batsman. He scored vital runs down the order on many occasions. His unbeaten 51 against the Deccan Blues (1978) helped Bangladesh reach 300 for the first time in international cricket.
As a captain
He captained Bangladesh between 79 and 83. In 82, Bangladesh reached the Semi-Final of ICC Trophy, before losing to eventual champions Zimbabwe. Players like Lipu (future captain), Rafiq, Nehal, Nadir Shah (now an internationally respected umpire) and many others matured under his captaincy.
|Bangladeshi ICC Trophy captains|
|Number||Name||Year||Played||Won||Tied||Lost||No result||Where finished|
|1||Shafiq-ul-Haq||1979||4||2||0||2||0||Third in qualifying group|
|Bangladeshi cricket Captains
|Bangladeshi ICC Trophy Captains
After retiring from cricket, Hira has been actively involved with cricket as an administrator.
- Hasan Babli. "Antorjartik Crickete Bangladesh". Khelar Bhuban Prakashani, November 1994.