Junaid Siddique, a left-handed batsman and occasional right-arm offbreak bowler, has represented Rajshahi Division since 2003-04. Decent performances on the domestic circuit earned him a spot in the Bangladesh A side. Junaid was named in Bangladesh's 30-man shortlist for the World Cup but did not make the final 15. Not yet 20, he was called up to Bangladesh's squad for the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa. An opening batsman with a high backlift, Junaid likes to attack the bowling. He made an positive impact in his debut Test, scoring a sparkling 74 in Dunedin. He troubled New Zealand again in the return series, hitting 85 in Bangladesh's maiden ODI win against them. However, he has struggled for consistency, especially in ODIs. Despite his technical difficulties in handling short, fast bowling being exposed by Stuart Broad in the first innings, Junaid overcame his weaknesses to register his maiden Test hundred against England in the second innings of the first Test at Chittagong in March 2010.
Cricinfo Staff March 2010