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Rising Fast: Shoriful Islam

Rising Fast: Shoriful Islam

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Shoriful Islam was born on August 1, 2001, in Satkhira, Bangladesh. He debuted for Khulna Division in the 2017–2018 season of the National Cricket League, Bangladesh’s premier first-class competition. His ability to swing the ball and generate pace caught the attention of selectors and coaches.

In 2018, Shoriful was chosen to represent Bangladesh in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, where he impressed. His performances made him a future asset for Bangladesh’s senior team. He continued to hone his skills and improve. In January 2021, Shoriful was named in the preliminary squad for the One-Day International (ODI) series against the West Indies. Following his debut, on March 28, 2021, he was named in Bangladesh’s team for their series against New Zealand, making his T20I debut.

In April 2021, Shoriful was named in Bangladesh’s preliminary Test squad for their series against Sri Lanka. After making his Test debut on April 29, 2021, he was named to Bangladesh’s ODI squad in May. In May 2021, he made his ODI debut for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka.

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Following the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) change in policy regarding the red-ball and white-ball contracts in 2020 to a more format-specific agreement for plays, several players were offered contracts. Following the meeting in September 2020, the board wanted to assess the players’ performance and discuss what format they would be suited for.


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“We want the players to aspire to play other formats. For example, we want the T20 players to want to play Tests, as there’s a higher salary for a Test player. We want them to want to play multiple formats.

We have kept players in the A-plus category who play more Tests, ODIs, and T20s. There are also A, B, and C categories. It depends on the number of matches. We figured that a player would be playing more matches due to performance. We give one point per match. We have included the newcomers as rookies. We have also increased the salary by 15 to 35 percent.”

Among five other players, Shoriful was offered a contract for the all-format category (Test, ODI, and T20I) alongside Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, and Taskin Ahmed.

In December 2021, Shoriful and Shakib Al Hassan were included in the two-match series in New Zealand on New Year’s Day. Shoriful and Mahmudul Hasan were the first-choice openers, while the squad also consisted of T20 specialist Mohammad Naim. In November 2022, it was announced that Shoriful would not be a part of Bangladesh’s ODI squad for the three-match series against India on December 4, replaced by Ebadot Hossain, who debuted in the third ODI in Zimbabwe. Shoriful had endured a difficult time in the first two ODIs, only picking up one wicket and conceding 134 runs in 17.4 overs. In July 2023, Shoriful had his best bowling performance, taking four wickets for 21 runs in his nine overs, achieving an economical economy rate of 2.30.

How has Shoriful performed?

During the period from 2021 to 2023, Shoriful Islam played a total of seven matches in cricket. He scored 48 runs with the bat, and his highest individual score was 26. His batting average stood at 6.00, and he did not score centuries during this time. As a bowler, Shoriful performed impressively, taking 15 wickets in the matches he played. His best bowling figures were 3/28, and he maintained a bowling average 34.73. However, he did not achieve any five-wicket hauls during this period.

Shoriful proved to be agile and efficient on the field, taking 6 catches as a fielder. Although he had no stumpings as a wicket-keeper, his fielding contributions were valuable. Overall, Shoriful Islam showcased his potential as a cricketer during this period, particularly with his bowling prowess.

While his batting performance can improve, his ability to take wickets and contribute as a fielder makes him a valuable asset to the team.


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