Name: Qazi Habibul Bashar
Date of Birth: August 17, 1972
Age: 51 Years
Birth Place: Nagakanda, Kushtia
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inches
Weight: Not discussed yet!
Batting Style: Right-Handed Bat
Bowling Style: Right-arm off break
Teams: Bangladesh, Dhaka Warriors, ICL Bangladesh, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Khulna Division
Why Habibul Bashar is Legend of Bangladesh?
Qazi Habibul Bashar was born on 17th August 1972 in Nagorkanda, Kushtia district, in Bangladesh. Bashar is a Bangladeshi-born cricketer and the former captain of the national cricket team of Bangladesh; he is referred to as one of the all-time greatest Bangladesh test batsmen of all time. Under the supervision of his manager Dav Whatmore, he turned out to be the greatest and most successful captain to lead the Bangladesh team to many victories and achievements. His first victory as a captain of the Bangladeshi cricket team was in 2004 against Zimbabwe. He led his team to beat Australia, India, South Africa, and Sri Lanka in limited-over matches. Qazi Habibul Bashar is one of the chief BCBs, along with Akram Khan and Minhajul Abedin.
Background of Habibul Bashar
He represented Biman Bangladesh Airlines in the 90s during his domestic career. In 1989, Qazi Habibul Bashar was part of the team that made up the under-19 Bangladesh cricket team, who went on to represent his country in the Asia Cup. In 1995, Qazi Habibul Bashar was listed as part of the national team, where he made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup. Bashar was unable to qualify for the national team that participated in the 1997 ICC trophy, where the Bangladesh cricket team was crowned the champions of the Asia Cup competition, he also didn’t make it to the 1999 World Cup.
Qazi Habibul Bashar finally got his chance, making his test debut in 2000 against India in the nation’s first-ever test match. After a wonderful performance at the world cup, he gained momentum and consistently drew the world’s attention to his skills. The selectors again dropped him from the list of the Bangladeshi inaugural test team, the action by the selectors drew the attention of the media, and after the heavy backlash, they finally gave in and included Qazi Habibul Bashar in the list. Due to his unique ability, Bashar made the first gritty fifty in the history of Bangladesh Test cricket to prove his ability against India. His performance became better and consistent with no sign of dropping.
Rise to Glory
In 2004, in a Test match that turned out to be one of his best moments in cricket, Bashar made 113 runs against West Indies cricket team, but the game ended in a tie. He was captain of the national cricket team of Bangladesh from 2004 to 2007 and became well-known during this period for his amazing ability. In January 2005, Bangladesh earned the well-deserved win in their first Test series against Zimbabwe by 226 runs at Chittagong through his tremendous contribution by scoring a pair of fifties. Some months later in the year, the Bangladesh Cricket team attained a victory that shook the world of cricket by defeating the world champions Australia in a day international in Cardiff by five wickets, allowing them to win their first One Day International Series under Qazi Habibul Bashar’s leadership.
In April 2006, during a test Match with Australia, Qazi Habibul Bashar’s team took the first-innings lead of 158, coming close to winning and defeating them but later losing by three wickets. In August 2006, Bangladesh lost the ODI series to Zimbabwe by 3-2 but knocked them out in the last qualifying match of the Champions Trophy.
All these efforts were attributed to Bashar’s ability and leadership; in the LG ICC ODI rankings, Bangladesh is currently ranked higher than Zimbabwe, with steady growth with every match played.
In the 2007 world cup, Still under Bashar’s leadership, they beat India and eliminated tougher neighbors of the world cup.
2007 Performance of Habibul Bashar
Qazi Habibul Bashar is one of Bangladesh’s leading batsmen. As of May 2007, he held a countrywide record of a Test batting average higher than 30. He has scored a Bangladesh record 24 fifties and three Test centuries. Qazi Habibul Bashar could not convert half-centuries into big scores throughout his career.
Bashar had a poor 2007 World Cup performance as a batsman, with a relatively average of only 13 and 12 and a highest score throughout 32. Still, his leadership skills were excellent, allowing the Bangladesh cricket team to perform well, making it to the super-eight stage for the first time ever, defeating India 1-0 in the test series and South Africa bringing Bangladesh to the World stage of cricket and the gave the nation plenty of things to talk about.
Retirement of Habibul Bashar
At the end of the World Cup, Bashar gave up the ODI captaincy, still remaining in the ODI team but showed his interest in leading the Bangladesh Test side. Despite Qazi Habibul Bashar’s pitching, the selectors refused; he was removed from this position on June 2nd, 2007, and Mohammed Ashraful was replaced as the ODI captain.
On the 14th of September 2007, Qazi Habibul Bashar announced his retirement from international cricket.
He continued his career in the Intentional Cricket league, becoming the captain of the Dhaka Warriors side. He continued in the ICL until the end of 2009 after two seasons, when he retired. He returned and continued playing domestic cricket in mainstream Bangladesh for the Khulna division. He resigned from playing all forms of playing professional cricket after playing the 2009/10 season.
Currently, he is playing in the local weekend cricket tournament for the Josephite Warriors.
He is the national Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in Bangladesh.
Also, he is of the chief selectors of BCB, along with Akram Khan and Minhajul Abedin.
Career Information of Habibul Bashar
Test debut vs. India at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Nov 10, 2000
Last Test vs. South Africa at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Feb 22, 2008
ODI debut vs. Sri Lanka at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Apr 06, 1995
Last ODI vs. India at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, May 15, 2007
Career Achievements of Habibul Bashar
Test Debut: vs. India, Bangabandhu, 2000
He made his highest score of 113 in Test cricket against West Indies in 2004. He is so far the highest test run scorer for Bangladesh
ODIs of Habibul Bashar
ODI Debut: vs. Sri Lanka, Sharjah, 1995
He made his highest score of 78 in ODI cricket against Zimbabwe in 2007