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10 greatest Bangladeshi cricketers of all time

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Bangladesh cricket is currently at its pinnacle and is firing on all cylinders in all the three formats. The sub-continent nation has become a power house at home and has made a huge impact in ICC events as well.

The slow and steady improvement in the quality of Bangladeshi cricketers is the reason behind this transformation. Moreover, the current crop of players have all the skills required to upset the big guns of international cricket.

Though few cricketers from the past were effective as well, the shortcomings of the unit as a whole overshadowed their individual brilliance.

But who makes it to the list of the greatest Bangladeshi cricketers of all time? We find out.

#10 Khaled Mashud

Bangladesh v Australia - 2nd ODI
Safe pair of hands: Khaled Mashud

Khaled Mashud was Bangladesh's best wicket-keeper batsmen during the first half of the 2000s. A reliable man behind the stumps and an even more reliable man with the bat at number seven, Mashud was one of the most disciplined cricketers of his era.

During Bangladesh's first Test in South Africa, Mashud battled for three hours to score 33 runs, an inning that demonstrated his solid skills and determined approach. His only hundred in Tests came against West Indies in 2004, when he batted for more than six hours and scored 103*, an inning that saved Bangladesh from a defeat.

Arguably, his best ODI inning came in 2005, a 71* against an Australian attack that consisted of Bret Lee, Jason Gillespie, and Michael Kasprowicz. However, his low strike-rate affected his performances throughout his career.

In a career that lasted for a decade, Mashud featured in 44 Tests and 126 ODIs and scored more than 3000 international runs. However, his major contribution lies in his ability to bat at the tail without losing his patience.

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