Death in 6 Tests and 25 ODIs


Manzarul Islam Rana was one of the most promising cricketers in the pre-Shakib era in Bangladesh cricket. He has a short career of just six Tests and 25 ODIs. It could have been even bigger had it not been for the fact that the all-rounder had died at the age of 22 in a road accident. He made his ODI debut against England on November 7, 2003.

In his debut match, he dismissed Michael Vaughan on the third ball of the first over to become the first Bangladeshi bowler to take a wicket in his debut over. Manzarul is also brilliant on his Test debut against Zimbabwe two months later. He is the highest run-scorer for Bangladesh with 105 runs at an average of 52.05 in the two-Test series. However, he could not maintain this performance later.

After a three-year ODI career of 23 wickets and 331 runs, he was dropped from the national team. I was also trying to come back. But fate may have thought of something else. On March 16, 2007, a tragic road accident took the lives of Manzarul and his teammate Sajjadul Hasan while returning from a National League match in Khulna. The next day, the Bangladesh team, who beat India by 5 wickets in the World Cup cricket, dedicated their victory to this teammate.

Syed Russell, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe will never be able to forget his friend Rana; Similarly, Bangladesh’s cricketing world will never forget this untimely talented star.

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