Full name Abdur Razzak
Born June 15, 1982, Khulna
Current age 36 years 187 days
Major teams Bangladesh, Asia XI, Khulna Division, Rangpur Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Zone (Bangladesh)
Also known as Raj
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Test debut||Bangladesh v Australia at Chittagong, Apr 16-20, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Test||Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Feb 8-10, 2018 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Bangladesh v Hong Kong at Colombo (SSC), Jul 16, 2004 scorecard|
|Last ODI||West Indies v Bangladesh at Basseterre, Aug 25, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Nov 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||West Indies v Bangladesh at Basseterre, Aug 27, 2014 scorecard|
|Last First-class||South Zone (Bangladesh) v Central Zone (Bangladesh) at Chittagong, Dec 11-14, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||2001/02|
|Last List A||Agrani Bank Cricket Club v Brothers Union at Savar (4), Apr 4, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Nov 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Dhaka Dynamites v Rangpur Riders at Dhaka, Dec 6, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/80, 19, 1/87||South Z (BD)||v Cent Z (BD)||Chittagong||11 Dec 2018||FC|
|3, 6/126||South Z (BD)||v North Z (BD)||Chittagong||5 Dec 2018||FC|
|5/171, 22||South Z (BD)||v East Z (BD)||Rajshahi||28 Nov 2018||FC|
|3/70, 0, 2/63, 1||South Z (BD)||v Cent Z (BD)||Sylhet||21 Nov 2018||FC|
|1, 4/62, 1, 1/71||Khulna Div||v Rangpur Div||Bogra||5 Nov 2018||FC|
|1, 0/50||Khulna Div||v Rangpur Div||Khulna||15 Oct 2018||FC|
|3/121||Khulna Div||v Barisal Div||Khulna||8 Oct 2018||FC|
|4*, 1/164||Khulna Div||v Rajshahi Div||Rajshahi||1 Oct 2018||FC|
|5/53, 4*, 6/48||South Z (BD)||v North Z (BD)||Khulna||24 Apr 2018||FC|
|1, 6/106, 3/73||South Z (BD)||v Cent Z (BD)||Rajshahi||17 Apr 2018||FC|
In a country full of left-arm spinners, there are few who reached Abdur Razzak's heights. He was the first Bangladesh bowler to reach 200 ODI wickets and 500 first-class scalps.
But for all his success, Razzak didn't quite make it as a Test bowler, having made his debut in 2006. He played 12 matches in eight years before suffering a drop in form in 2014, falling out of favour in all formats. But by regularly topping bowling charts in domestic cricket, Razzak earned a shock recall in the Bangladesh Test side in 2018 with Shakib Al Hasan out injured.
It was just reward for a man known for his perseverance since his first-class debut in 2001-02, when he helped Khulna Division to their first NCL title. In the next season, he spurred Victoria Sporting Club to a surprise Dhaka Premier League win.
But there was some doubt about his bowling action, and he was reported for it in only his second ODI in 2004. Regardless, he became an integral part of the Bangladesh set-up, picking up 13 wickets in the 2007 World Cup. But there was bad news in the following year when the ICC banned him for an illegal action. Having worked intensely with coach Mohammad Salahuddin in Khulna, he got back to international cricket in as little as three months. He claimed his 200th wicket in his 141st ODI, and some weeks later he equalled Mohammad Ashraful's record for the fastest ODI fifty for Bangladesh (21 balls).
But the wickets dried up in 2014, culminating in the selectors saying that he was yesterday's news. Little did they know Razzak would return four years later.