December 01, 1988, Rajshahi
Left hand bat
Slow left arm orthodox
Saqlain Sajib waited nine years for his shot at the highest level but when it came, the proud day turned out to be a nightmare. He conceded 40 runs in the 3.3 overs he bowled against Australia in his only international game, during the 2016 World T20. His selection drew flak as he had just arrived in Bangalore that morning after being flown in as Arafat Sunny's replacement.
But those 21 deliveries, which could well be his only contribution in Bangladesh colours, don't really define Saqlain's career. He is highly rated as a left-arm spinner in the domestic circuit, having been one of the top five wicket-takers in almost every season since his debut in 2007.
He has played most of his cricket for Rajshahi Division, where he grew up. He was one of those Rajshahi cricketers - along with Farhad Reza, Farhad Hossain and Jahurul Islam - considered to be part of their golden generation that helped the division dominate the National Cricket League till the 2011-12 season.
He finished the NCL with more than 50 wickets in a single season in 2009-10 and 2011-12. A nine-wicket haul against Zimbabwe A in 2014 was the best of his 20 five-wicket hauls but it still didn't lead to a senior call-up at the time. The presence of bowlers like Abdur Razzak and Arafat Sunny didn't allow Sajib to get a long run at the highest level.
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