Bangladesh Cricket’s Next Generation Superstars: Potential Youngsters Who Could Lead the National Team

Today’s Bangladesh cricket, perhaps more than any other time in history, features a plethora of young talents, who are capable of taking the country’s cricket to the next level. In this article, we are going to highlight some of the best uprising superstars in Bangladesh cricket. Stay with us to know the youngsters, who are going to rule the cricket arena of Bangladesh in the future.

Reasons why Bangladesh have produced more talented players now

Bangladesh's remarkable success in the international arena over the past 10 years has been instrumental in producing a large number of quality emerging cricketers. Besides, the individual performances by Shakib and Mustafiz in various franchise leagues have inspired the younger generation to take cricket as a profession.

We also need to mention the economic aspect of the game. Cash-rich T20 franchise leagues have opened the door to the cricketers to earn handsome money.

Bangladesh has produced a notable number of talented cricketers if we analyze the last few editions of ICC’s aged level tournament. Especially, BCB has identified a bunch of talented players from the U19 World Cup 2020 winning team and has given special attention to the group in order to prepare them for the future.

Hopefully, this set of players will bring glory to the country while representing the Bangladesh national side. In this article, we will talk about some of the rising stars who have the potential to become the next-generation superstars of Bangladesh.

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Potential Batsmen to Lead Bangladesh National Team

Top Order Batsmen to Watch Out For

Parvez Hossain Emon

Parvez Hossain Emon was the second highest run scorer (166) for the tigers in the Youth World Cup 2020. He played an effective unbeaten 56 * run innings against Zimbabwe in the group stage of the tournament but his most responsible knock came in the championship match against India. Emon played an important role in helping Bangladesh to become a champion by partnering with Captain Akbar Ali. His bravery on that day showed that one day he would become a lion-hearted cricketer.

Parvez also surprised everyone by hitting a 42-ball century (record) in a Bangabandhu T20 Cup match last December and caught the eye of selectors. He was named in the preliminary Bangladesh squad for the Windies series but later dropped out due to injury. However, his fearless attitude indicates that one day Emon will make a name for himself in world cricket as an explosive batsman and a real superstar of Bangladesh cricket.

Tanzi Hasan Tamim

At one event, BCB director and former Bangladesh national team cricketer Khaled Mahmood Sujan was asked: Which batsman he would pick from the U19 world cup winning team? In reply, Sujan picked Tanjid Hasan Tamim. Junior Tamim played an aesthetic 60-run innings in the Under-19 World Cup Super League quarter-final match against the host South Africa.

He yet to show his full potential as a batsman in the domestic circuit, but Domestic has yet to match itself, but there is no shortage of talent of this left-hander. Tamim will soon be a regular starter of the Bangladesh national side if the cricket board nurtures him properly.

Mohammad Naim

Another talented batsman who played for the Bangladesh youth side is Mohammad Naim. Naim played a scintillating 61-run innings in his second international match against the host India. The tall left-hand batsman has also performed well in domestic cricket. The BCB expects Naim to serve Bangladesh for a long time in the limited-overs format but for that, he has to maintain stability in batting in the domestic circuit.

Middle Order Batsmen to Watch Out For

Afif Hossain

A very talented all-rounder, Afif Hossain took five wickets in his debut BPL match in 2016 at the age of just 17. Within a year, Afif made his debut in the national team. Many consider him the next Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh as he is equally adept at handling the bat and ball. There is no doubt that one day Afif will become the most priceless and superstar player of Bangladesh cricket.

Mahmudul Hasan Joy

Mahmudul Hasan Joy was the highest run-getter (184) of the world cup winning Bangladesh youth team. Joy also played some good innings in the recently concluded BCB President's Cup and Bangabandhu T20 Cup. However, Mahmudul Hasan has to perform well next two/three years in the domestic circuit to earn a place in the national team set up. There is no doubt about the capability of this right-handed batsman as he has the potential to become an essential middle-order batsman of Bangladesh's national side.

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Emerging Bowlers & Wicket Keepers in the Bangladesh Cricket Team

Top Spinners to Watch Out For

Rakibul Hasan

Left-arm Orthodox spinner Rakibul Hasan caught everyone's attention after taking five wickets in the Super League quarter-final match against South Africa in the ICC U19 World Cup 2020. He snatched most 12 wickets for the Bangladesh youth side in that tournament. Rakibul is also a very effective lower-order batsman. We can expect Rakibul will soon get a chance on Bangladesh's national side as he could be a valuable addition to the team.

Aminul Islam Biplob

Although Aminul started his career as a batsman but now has shifted his focus to become a genuine leg-spinner. Biplob is a regular member of the Bangladesh T20 squad. He won the confidence and trust of the selectors by showing excellent control of leg-spin in his debut international match against Zimbabwe back in 2019 and now he is known as one of the finest leg-spinners of the country. However, Biplob has to improve his game if he wants to secure a place in the national team.

Top Pacers to Watch Out For

Shoriful Islam

Left-arm pacer Shoriful Islam finished second (9) in the most wicket-takers list for Bangladesh in the U19 World Cup. He is getting regular success while representing Bangladesh HP and the 'A' team at different times. Besides, Shariful had an outstanding outing in the recently concluded Bangabandhu T20 Cup and earned a place in the Bangladesh squad for the New Zealand series. Because of his accuracy with the ball many consider him as an alternative to cutter-master Mustafizur Rahman. Shoriful has the potential to become one of the country’s premium fast bowlers and can serve Bangladesh's national team for a long time if he can nurture him properly.

Hasan Mahmud

Right-arm fast bowler Hasan Mahmud is arguably the fastest bowler in Bangladesh at the moment. During 2019 BPL, Hasan dazzled the batters with his speed and brilliant accuracy and finished as one of the top wicket-takers in the tournament. Hasan has outstanding control over his line and length of bowling and didn’t have to wait too long to earn a place for the national side. Hasan Mahmud is fully capable of filling the gap of Mashrafe Mortaza's absence in the Bangladesh team.

Tanzim Hasan Sakib

Tanzim Sakib was one of the most successful bowlers in the youth world cup winning Bangladesh team. Tiger cricket fans and BCB officials have high expectations from him as he performed well in conditions like England, South Africa and, New Zealand at the junior level. Tanzim will have to wait a few more years to earn a place in the national team as he is still young and needs to learn more to become a polish pacer. However, junior Sakib has the right talent to become one of the superstar cricketers of the Bangladesh national team.

Top Wicket-keepers to Watch Out For

Akbar Ali

Akbar Ali became an overnight hero to tiger cricket fans after playing a match-winning knock against India in the youth world cup 2020 final. Under his captaincy, for the first time, Bangladesh became ICC U19 world cup champion in 2020. He has been compared with India's MS Dhoni for his ability of hard-hitting batting. Native fans also call him ‘Akbar The Great’. Tiger cricket fans believe Akbar Ali will lead Bangladesh to win the ICC cricket world cup.

Source: United News of Bangladesh