Shadman Islam Anik
May 18, 1995, Dhaka
Left hand Bat
Slow Left arm Orthodox
Like in many households in Bangladesh, cricket was the topic of discussion at Shadman Islam's dinner table too. More so because his father Shahidul Islam has been one of BCB's most prominent age-group scouts for many years. It filled Shahidul with pride when Shadman made his Test debut against West Indies in November 2018.
Shadman is a left-handed opening batsman who has been scoring plenty of runs in Bangladesh's domestic tournaments, particularly in the first-class competitions. His Test call-up came when he led the National Cricket League scoring charts with 648 runs at 64.80 in the 2018-19 season.
Growing up in a sporting household meant Shadman got into cricket early. He went through the paces at the age-group levels before becoming a regular member of the Bangladesh Under-19 side. He had a stellar Under-19 World Cup in 2014, finishing as the tournament's top run-getter with 406 runs at 101.50 with a century and two fifties. The batsmen who trailed in his wake - but made their international debuts before him - included Imam-ul-Haq, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Ben Duckett, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Liton Das.
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