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World cricket hasn't seen too many Slow Left Arm orthodox bowlers as left-arm orthodox spin is one of the harder bowling styles to master. It requires long hours of practice to get the right line, loop, length and most importantly variety. The author expounds on the Bangladesh's unusually large number of world class SLAs.

SLA bowlers: Bright future for Bangladesh cricket

Published: 17th August, 2006

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World cricket hasn’t seen many Slow Left Arm orthodox bowlers as left-arm orthodox spin is one of the harder bowling styles to master. It requires long hours of practice to get the right line, loop, length and most importantly variety. Over the years, world cricket has seen some slow left arm orthodox bowlers which include:

Palwankar Baloo (India), Bishen Bedi (India), Phil Edmonds (England), Tony Lock (England), Maninder Singh (India), Wilfred Rhodes (England), Ravi Shastri (India), Sir Garfield Sobers (West Indies), Phil Tufnell (England), Derek Underwood (England), Johnny Wardle (England), Iqbal Qasim (Pakistan) and Aamir Sohail (Pakistan). Current cricketers who have played tests or ODI include Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) Ashley Giles (England), Monty Panesar, (England) Mohammad Rafique (Bangladesh) Murali Kartik (India), Sanath Jayasuriya, (Srilanka) Ray Price, (Zimbabwe), Nicky Boje, (South Africa) Enamul Haque Jr., (Bangladesh), Abdur Razzak (Bangladesh) and Sakib-Al-Hasan (Bangladesh).

Some great players of world cricket are included in this list and many of them are considered as all-rounders. Among current cricketers Vettori, Giles, Boje, Jayasurya and Rafiq can be regarded as all-rounders. All these players contributed significantly to their team's overall success. Modern cricket is evolving and it is very important to have all-round cricketers to succeed and survive at the international level.

Bangladesh is an emerging cricket nation and is slowly making her impact in world cricket. It is really encouraging to see a good number of slow left arm orthodox bowlers playing for Bangladesh and quite a few others on the verge of starting their career for Bangladesh. Interestingly, Bangladesh was never known as a country with left arm cricketers. In the past, Enamul Huq Moni was the only Test level left arm cricketer. It's Mohammad Rafiq who changed the scenario for Bangladesh. His brilliance and success in world cricket encouraged young talents to follow him and that is paying the dividend for Bangladesh. Currently, Bangladesh seems to have the most potential slow left arm bowlers in the cricket world and the more encouraging news is that most of them are all-rounders, impressive in all departments of the game. These young lads are going to start a new era in Bangladesh cricket and I have got every belief that it is going to be the start of a bright future.

Let's have a look at the long list of past, current and future Bangladesh SLAs.

Past

1. Enamul Huq Moni

He is the pioneer of slow left arm bowlers for Bangladesh. He was fairly successful at ICC level but failed to continue his impressive form to test and ODI level. He ended his career with some mediocre records though he was highly rated by some cricket experts.

Batting and fielding averages

class mat inns no runs hs ave bf sr 100 50 4s 6s ct st
Tests 10 19 4 180 24* 12.00 520 34.61 0 0 25 1 1 0
ODIs 29 26 5 236 32 11.23 479 49.26 0 0 0 6 0
First-class 34 51 8 1033 81 24.02 0 6 25 0
List A 61 55 11 612 84* 13.90 0 1 22 0
ICC Trophy 24 16 3 205 37 15.76 0 0 16 0

Bowling averages

class mat balls runs wkts bbi bbm ave econ sr 4 5 10
Tests 10 2230 1027 18 4/136 4/136 57.05 2.76 123.88 2 0 0
ODIs 29 1238 1083 19 2/40 2/40 57.00 5.24 65.15 0 0 0
First-class 34 8373 3424 129 7/74 26.54 2.45 64.90 9 4
List A 61 2678 2038 46 4/25 4/25 44.30 4.56 58.21 1 0 0
ICC Trophy 24 1298 649 35 3/18 3/18 18.54 3.00 37.08 0 0 0

Current

1. Mohammad Rafiq

He is one of the best slow left arm bowlers in current cricket. He is an accurate and rhythmic slow left-armer. He played in Bangladesh's inaugural Test in November 2000 and was left out as administrators branded him as ODI specialist. Once he received the opportunity, he bounced back in May 2003, with 6 for 77 against South Africa at Dhaka which was then the best bowling by any Bangladeshi in test level. Now a days, he is considered as one of the best slow left arm bowlers of world cricket. He has the best armball delivery among current bowlers and this is his most lethal weapon of his armory. He is easily the best all-round cricketer we ever had. Now he is edging towards a notable double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in Tests. He has set outstanding examples and high standards for our young stars with his hard work and dedication.

Batting and fielding averages

class mat inns no runs hs ave bf sr 100 50 4s 6s ct st
Tests 26 50 5 982 111 21.82 1498 65.55 1 4 101 33 6 0
ODIs 100 90 13 1049 77 13.62 1448 72.44 0 2 103 24 22 0
First-class 47 81 9 1464 111 20.33 1 8 18 0
List A 135 118 16 1341 77 13.14 0 3 35 0
ICC Trophy 9 5 1 76 26 19.00 56 135.71 0 0 6 4 3 0

Bowling averages

class mat balls runs wkts bbi bbm ave econ sr 4 5 10
Tests 26 7233 3184 87 6/77 9/160 36.59 2.64 83.13 3 7 0
ODIs 100 5060 3787 95 5/47 5/47 39.86 4.49 53.26 2 1 0
First-class 47 12702 4966 195 7/52 25.46 2.34 65.13 12 2
List A 135 6849 4742 145 5/16 5/16 32.70 4.15 47.23 2 2 0
ICC Trophy 9 346 203 19 4/25 4/25 10.68 3.52 18.21 1 0 0

2. Enamul Huq Jr.

This young lad has got all the ability to serve Bangladesh cricket for a long time. Enamul gives the ball a big rip from a high, economical action, and looks set to be a fixture in the squad for some time. He has got lot of varieties in bowling and even more turns and flights than Rafiq. He declared his arrival in international cricket with a remarkable 6 for 45 - and the historic final wicket in the first Test victory over Zimbabwe in January 2005, then added 7 for 95 (and 12 in the match) in the drawn second Test. Currently a regular member in test team and featured only in 3 ODI's. He has to improve his batting regain his place in the ODI squad.

Batting and fielding averages

class mat inns no runs hs ave bf sr 100 50 4s 6s ct st
Tests 10 18 11 28 9 4.00 146 19.17 0 0 2 0 2 0
ODIs 3 2 1 4 4* 4.00 3 133.33 0 0 0 0 5 0
First-class 39 61 29 293 32 9.15 0 0 15 0
List A 22 13 6 70 22 10.00 0 0 9 0

Bowling averages

class mat balls runs wkts bbi bbm ave econ sr 4 5 10
Tests 10 2385 1198 32 7/95 12/200 37.43 3.01 74.53 0 3 1
ODIs 3 180 129 4 2/37 2/37 32.25 4.30 45.00 0 0 0
First-class 39 9441 4437 153 7/47 29.00 2.81 61.70 5 11 3
List A 22 1119 706 27 4/27 4/27 26.14 3.78 41.44 2 0 0

3. Abdur Razzak

Slowly moving into the heart of the BD fans and making him automatic choice for the ODI team. He is a very consistent performer with a good economy rate and an impressive average of 27.54 with the ball. Keeps it tight and can bowl with field restrictions (power play). He is doing amazing job at the death overs. He has got a numinous ability to tame world class batsmen. Maturing with the bat in every game.

Batting and fielding averages

class mat inns no runs hs ave bf sr 100 50 4s 6s ct st
Tests 1 2 0 15 15 7.50 26 57.69 0 0 2 0 0 0
ODIs 22 15 9 90 21 15.00 119 75.63 0 0 3 2 6 0
First-class 35 55 7 943 83 19.64 1677 56.23 0 5 13 0
List A 62 46 16 381 35* 12.70 494 77.12 0 0 19 0

Bowling averages

class mat balls runs wkts bbi bbm ave econ sr 4 5 10
Tests 1 180 99 0 - - - 3.30 - 0 0 0
ODIs 22 1149 733 30 3/17 3/17 24.43 3.82 38.30 0 0 0
First-class 35 7916 3412 117 7/11 29.16 2.58 67.65 2 4 1
List A 62 3122 1936 100 7/17 7/17 19.36 3.72 31.22 1 2 0

4. Manjarul Islam Rana

One of most consistent performer, good bowler, batsman and very good slip fielder. Doesn't have the blessings of the selectors. He is the only Bangladeshi to take wicket in his first international over. May return in the ODI squad in future. Has to fight hard to regain his place.

Batting and fielding averages

class mat inns no runs hs ave bf sr 100 50 4s 6s ct st
Tests 6 11 1 257 69 25.70 692 37.13 0 1 30 1 3 0
ODIs 25 21 5 331 63 20.68 668 49.55 0 1 21 1 6 0
First-class 37 64 11 1910 151 36.03 2 8 24 0
List A 62 54 12 810 76* 19.28 0 3 21 0

Bowling average

class mat balls runs wkts bbi bbm ave econ sr 4 5 10
Tests 6 749 401 5 3/84 3/84 80.20 3.21 149.80 0 0 0
ODIs 25 996 689 23 4/34 4/34 29.95 4.15 43.30 2 0 0
First-class 37 6241 2703 97 7/82 27.86 2.59 64.34 5 1
List A 62 2782 1734 79 4/9 4/9 21.94 3.73 35.21 7 0 0

5. Sakib-Al-Hasan

Most promising all-rounder of BD cricket. He came into the limelight after a blistering performance with both ball and bat at the U-19 level. Grabbed the opportunity to play for the national team with two hands and Bangladesh fans are expecting him to be a regular member in the ODI squad. His ability and the calmness to play in the middle order is very much required for Bangladesh's fragile batting line up.

Batting and fielding averages

class mat inns no runs hs ave bf sr 100 50 4s 6s ct st
ODIs 4 4 2 88 30* 44.00 141 62.41 0 0 11 0 0 0
First-class 11 21 3 574 85 31.88 0 3 7 0
List A 12 12 3 262 55* 29.11 355 73.80 0 1 7 0

Bowling averages

class mat balls runs wkts bbi bbm ave econ sr 4 5 10
ODIs 4 207 125 4 2/32 2/32 31.25 3.62 51.75 0 0 0
First-class 11 2345 1016 35 6/79 29.02 2.59 67.00 1 2 0
List A 12 577 375 14 4/30 4/30 26.78 3.89 41.21 2 0 0

6. Mehrab Hossain Jr.

Mehrab is considered as the most promising genuine all-rounder of Bangladesh cricket. Bangladesh national team is lacking a player like him for long time. He can bat any position from 1 to 6 & is certainly knocking the door of the national team. He can solve the opening problem for BD national team for long time in both forms of the game. He plays First Class matches for Dhaka Division.

Batting and fielding averages

class mat inns no runs hs ave bf sr 100 50 ct st
First-class 20 35 4 1085 196 35.00 4 3 12 0
List A 18 17 3 557 65* 39.78 891 62.51 0 5 8 0

Bowling averages

class mat balls runs wkts bbi bbm ave econ sr 4 5 10
First-class 20 1939 1106 25 6/80 44.24 3.42 77.56 2 1 1
List A 18 782 540 21 4/37 4/37 25.71 4.14 37.23 1 0 0

7. Nadif Chowhury

Another young promising player. He was eported for a suspect action but later got cleared. Has got a lot of variations with ball. He is another young all-rounder in the making. His inclusion in the Barisal division was rewarded with some consistent performance with both bat and ball. He can bowl long spells which is an added advantage for any First Class team.

Batting and fielding averages

class mat inns no runs hs ave bf sr 100 50 ct st
First-class 19 31 6 867 90 34.68 1735 49.97 0 4 14 1
List A 17 17 1 225 42* 14.06 346 65.02 0 0 4 0

Bowling averages

class mat balls runs wkts bbi bbm ave econ sr 4 5 10
First-class 19 3750 1772 60 5/34 29.53 2.83 62.50 3 3 0
List A 17 710 446 13 2/24 2/24 34.30 3.76 54.61 0 0 0

8. Nabil Samad

Another very good young bowler. He has got the most impressive First Class economy rate among Bangladeshi bowlers. He is used as a stock bowler in First Class matches and comes at first change in the list A matches. Has got tremendous potential. Keeps the line and length tight and he resembles the bowling of Rafiq.

Batting and fielding averages

class mat inns no runs hs ave bf sr 100 50 ct st
First-class 24 36 16 204 33 10.20 724 28.17 0 0 7 0
List A 20 9 4 56 23 11.20 71 78.87 0 0 5 0

Bowling averages

class mat balls runs wkts bbi bbm ave econ sr 4 5 10
First-class 24 5817 2278 91 6/43 25.03 2.34 63.92 8 4 0
List A 20 869 551 24 5/32 5/32 22.95 3.80 36.20 1 1 0

9. Elias Sunny

This young lad also has animpressive First Class record. 78 wickets from 22 matches. A bit overlooked by many fans and BD selectors. He is a decent all-rounder and batting is one of his major strength. He plays First Class cricket for Dhaka division.

Batting and fielding averages

class mat inns no runs hs ave bf sr 100 50 ct st
First-class 22 32 7 669 176 26.76 1581 42.31 1 4 14 0
List A 18 13 4 177 46* 19.66 278 63.66 0 0 8 0

Bowling averages

class mat balls runs wkts bbi bbm ave econ sr 4 5 10
First-class 22 4127 2017 78 5/46 25.85 2.93 52.91 5 3 0
List A 18 959 602 26 3/19 3/19 23.15 3.76 36.88 0 0 0

10. Arafat Sunny

Another slow left arm bowler from Bangladesh U-19 level. Plays national league with Dhaka division and was one of the leading wicket taker. He plays First Class cricket with Dhaka division and is known as fighter with bat.

Batting and fielding averages

class mat inns no runs hs ave bf sr 100 50 ct st
First-class 26 43 18 682 55 27.28 0 2 15 0
List A 26 18 3 150 34 10.00 312 48.07 0 0 14 0

Bowling averages

class mat balls runs wkts bbi bbm ave econ sr 4 5 10
First-class 26 4567 1994 91 6/50 21.91 2.61 50.18 2 7 1
List A 26 943 547 21 4/17 4/17 26.04 3.48 44.90 1 0 0

This is a very inspiring list bowlers/all-rounders. Five of them have already made the national debut and all of them are extraordinary. I feel that we have real good future with these young boys. Almost all of them are quite imposing with the bat and all are very good fielders.

This is not the end; these ten young bowlers/all-rounders are picked from a large pool of left arm bowlers who are making an impression in Bangladesh's international and domestic cricket. Suhrawardy Shuvo is the notable absentee in this list who has played just 7 First Class matches and taken 34 wickets. He is an upcoming cricketer and will declare his arrival sooner than later.

Bangladesh hasn't yet satisfied its well-wishers and worldwide fans with its performance. Now these young lads have to take the initiative and responsibility to make the next leap. Apart from Rafiq, Razzak and Rana all of these players are under 20 years and have started playing serious cricket knowing Bangladesh is a Test playing country and that they have got every chance to represent Bangladesh at the highest level of the game. They came from a proper cricketing background and all have solid education on cricket. They were nurtured in the under-19 and development squads and now its very important to utilize their potential properly. BCB has got the major responsibility for that and it has to ensure adequate international exposure which is very much required to make them mature and more capable. Most of them featured at the U-19 world cup and proved their superiority over other Test playing teams. If we can guide them properly, they can well translate their success to the next level and that will be enough for Bangladesh's success in all forms of cricket. I am looking forward to those days.

This is not the end of the story and supply of young left arm cricketers to enrich Bangladesh cricket. We have some astonishing young talents at the U-15 and U-17 levels. At least four of them are left arm all rounders.

Bangladesh is blessed with a number of young cricketers and it’s very important to nourish them with proper coaching, physical training, diet and exposure. We need to build a proper cricketing infrastructure so that these talents can flourish to their full extent. We should learn from the examples and take advice from fellow test playing countries like Australia and England to find out the proper line of action in this regard. It is really encouraging to see that the BCB has already set up an academy which can nurture young talents and act as a feed for the national team. Bangladesh’s success in international cricket largely depends on young blood and emergence of these slow left arm allround cricketers assures us that we are in the right track.

They have seen Mohammad Rafiq tormenting top order of other test playing teams and are getting ready to take the button from Rafiq. Imagine a day in future when three bowlers with the quality and elegance of Mohammad Rafiq are playing for Bangladesh and I'm sure you can predict which team is dominating and winning matches.

Note: Information taken from Wikipedia and Cricinfo; Stats current to August 16, 2006)

 

About the author(s): Khondaker Mirazur Rahman spends as much time on BanglaCricket as on his Post-Doctoral research on Gene Targeted Drug Design. Like a true scientist his articles are all well researched. He goes by the nick "Miraz" on our forums and is also a BanglaCricket editor.

 

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