Shafiul Islam is a Bangladesh Cricketer who was born on 6th October 1989 in Bogra. He is a fast-medium bowler who plays for Bangladesh and Rajshahi.
He made his first-class debut for Rajshahi Division in the 2006-07 season where he picked up a 5-wicket haul in his debut match and almost steered his team to victory with the bat.
He maintained an average of mid 20’s in his first two seasons which caught the eyes of the National selectors. He was then picked up for the tri series against Sri Lanka and India.
He made his List A debut for Rajshahi Division against Sylhet Division where he picked up 1 wicket. Rajshahi won the match by 79 runs.
Shafiul made his ODI debut for Bangladesh in January 2010 against Sri Lanka in the tri-series which also involved India. He picked 1 wicket in the match and conceded 39 runs in 5 overs.
He made his Test debut a week later against India in Chittagong. He was wicketless in the 1st innings and he picked up just 1 wicket in the 2nd innings.
Shafiul made his T20 debut for Bangladesh against New Zealand in February 2010 at Hamilton. Bangladesh were bundled out for 78 runs and New Zealand won the match without losing a wicket.
Rise to Glory
Shafiul was then selected for the Test series against India after his domestic performances and ODI tri-series.
His performances were rewarded as he was selected for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He played a crucial role in Bangladesh’s shock win over England. He shared a 58-run partnership with Mahmudullah for the 9th wicket and helped Bangladesh team win by 2 wickets.
He conceded more number of runs and his economy was very high and inconsistency cost him a place in the National team.
Injuries was also a big setback for him in terms of playing for his country.
Shafiul plays for Rajshahi Division from 2006-07 season. In 2012 he represented Khulna Royal Bengals in the Bangladesh Premier League. In 2016 he joined Khulna Titans in BPL.
He holds the record for the second most expensive bowling figures by a Bangladesh bowler in ODI after he conceded over 90 runs against England in 2010.