Mohammad Rafique

Bangladesh Mohammad Rafique

Plays for Bangladesh
Age 47 years 46 days
Born September 5, 1970, Dhaka
Batting Style Left-hand bat
Bowling Style Slow left-arm orthodox
An accurate, rhythmical slow left-armer, Rafique played in Bangladesh's inaugural Test in November 2000, and was far from outclassed, producing his side's most economical figures. His career hit the rocks shortly afterwards, when his bowling action was reported as suspect, but he bounced back in May 2003, with 6 for 77 against South Africa at Dhaka. It was the best bowling performance by a Bangladeshi in 19 Tests at the time - and only their third five-wicket haul - and it spurred Rafique on to greater things. Later in 2003 he was the leading wicket-taker in the series against England. He can bat a bit too, usually employing the long handle. His 77 at Hyderabad in May 1998 was instrumental in Bangladesh's victory over Kenya - surprisingly, their first in seven attempts - while in May 2004 he carved an astonishing 111 from No. 9 to help secure a precious first-innings lead against West Indies in St Lucia. His 5 for 65 helped Bangladesh win their first Test, against Zimbabwe at Chittagong early in 2005, and he also played a vital role in turning around the one-day series that followed. He was named Bangladesh's Cricketer of the Year for 2004-05, and survived a public training-ground argument with coach Dav Whatmore to play a role in the national side past his 36th birthday. Nine wickets as Bangladesh almost upset Australia at Fatullah in April 2006 edged him towards a notable double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in Tests. Against Zimbabwe in November, Rafique became the first Bangladesh player to complete that double in one-day internationals. He reluctantly announced his retirement in 2008 after being looked over for selection in to the one-day side. However he went off in style by becoming the first Bangladesh bowler to take 100 Test wickets in his final match against South Africa in Chittagong. Post-retirement, he decided to take another shot at competitive cricket by joining the ICL in 2008. He was subsequently handed a 10-year ban by the BCB but he quit the league the following year.Simon Briggs
Major Teams Affiliated With
Bangladesh Asia XI Dhaka Division
Dhaka Warriors Sylhet Division

Batting Performance - as in the API

League 50 100 St Ct 6s 4s Ave HS Runs NO Inns Mat
listA 3 0 0 43 13.14 77 1551 20 138 164
firstClass 9 1 0 23 18.02 111 1748 11 108 62
T20Is 0 0 0 0 0 3 13.00 13 13 0 1 1
ODIs 2 0 0 28 29 110 13.38 77 1191 17 106 125
tests 4 1 0 7 34 110 18.57 111 1059 6 63 33

Bowling Performance - as in the API

League 10 5w 4w Econ Ave BBM BBI Wkts Runs Balls Inns Mat
listA 0 2 3 4.17 31.85 5/16 5/16 184 5861 8430 164
firstClass 2 12 2.44 28.01 7/52 237 6640 16304 62
T20Is 0 0 0 5.50 22.00 1/22 1/22 1 22 24 1 1
ODIs 0 1 3 4.43 37.91 5/47 5/47 125 4739 6414 124 125
tests 0 7 3 2.79 40.76 9/160 6/77 100 4076 8744 48 33
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