Full name Muktar Ali
Born October 10, 1989, Rajshahi
Current age 30 years 239 days
Major teams Bangladesh, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy, Barisal Division, Chattogram Challengers, Duronto Rajshahi, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Rajshahi Division
Also known as Mukhtar Ali
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|Only T20I||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Jan 20, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Barisal Division v Khulna Division at Dhaka, Nov 21-24, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Rangpur Division v Rajshahi Division at Rajshahi, Nov 16-19, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||Chittagong Division v Sylhet Division at Dhaka, Jan 7, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Legends of Rupganj v Prime Bank Cricket Club at Dhaka, Apr 23, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Chittagong Division v Rajshahi Division at Dhaka, Apr 11, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Chattogram Challengers v Rajshahi Royals at Dhaka, Jan 7, 2020 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/41||Challengers||v Royals||Dhaka||7 Jan 2020||T20|
|2/18||Challengers||v Platoon||Dhaka||27 Dec 2019||T20|
|12, 0/43||Challengers||v Rangers||Chattogram||21 Dec 2019||T20|
|1/55||Challengers||v Warriors||Chattogram||20 Dec 2019||T20|
|3/42||Challengers||v Platoon||Chattogram||18 Dec 2019||T20|
|1/26, 0||Challengers||v Thunder||Chattogram||17 Dec 2019||T20|
|-||Challengers||v Rangers||Dhaka||14 Dec 2019||T20|
|29*, 1/20||Challengers||v Tigers||Dhaka||12 Dec 2019||T20|
|0/22||Challengers||v Thunder||Dhaka||11 Dec 2019||T20|
|2/80, 5, 2/44, 8||Rajshahi Div||v Rangpur Div||Rajshahi||16 Nov 2019||FC|
For much of his career, Muktar Ali's name has popped up whenever discussions veered towards Bangladesh picking a seam-bowling allrounder. He was always considered good enough to be in the senior team's preliminary squad but hardly ever made the final XI. Muktar's international debut came in a T20I against Zimbabwe in January 2016 but it went by without a spark, wicketless and just one six hit in a tough chase.
Since his first-class debut in 2006, Muktar has been one of the more attractive cricketers in Bangladesh. He is a rare breed who can bowl at brisk pace and hit sixes almost at will. He has been a regular performer for Rajshahi Division in the NCL, especially with the ball. He took 32 wickets in the 2011-12 season, his best in terms of wickets, while with the bat, in 2013-14, he crossed the 400-run mark in a single NCL tournament for the first and only time so far.
During the same season came his highest first-class score, 168 off 148 balls that included 16 sixes, batting at No. 9. His innings was part of the unbelievable turnaround by Rajshahi after they were 77 for 6 against Chittagong Division, but through two big stands - 347 for the seventh wicket with Farhad Reza and 224 for the eighth wicket with Sunzamul Islam - they recovered to 675 for 9 declared.
But the innings didn't do much for Muktar, who had to bank on his big-hitting in the Dhaka Premier League to keep attracting the selectors' attention. Part of the problem for him has been the lack of big efforts with the ball. With Bangladesh increasingly preferring specialists for the shorter formats, the man who was once dubbed Bangladesh's Ryan Harris (by former coach Shane Jurgensen) still has a long way to go.