Player Profile : Kamrul Islam Rabbi
Kamrul Islam Rabbi, the right-arm pace medium bowler, drew the first attention of the selectors through a pacer-hunt programme, organised by Grameenphone in 2007. Rabbi made his first-class debut in October 2008 against Sylhet Division. He did not bat in the match, and bowled sixteen overs, taking figures of 3-33. Then he emerged as a future prospect during the 2010 ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. And thereafter over the years, he has slowly groomed himself as an effective medium-pacer, best suited in the subcontinent condition.
Now the 23-year-old pacer finally reaped the rewards for his brilliant bowling performance in the domestic circuit over the years by making the cut in the 14-member Bangladesh squad for the ODI series against Zimbabwe in November 2015. He has also been picked by the Comilla Victorians for the third season of the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Rabbi was born on 10 December, 1991 in Patuakhali. However he had his entire childhood in the Barisal city. His father, Selim Khan, is a sub-inspector of Police; and his mother Salma Begum is a housewife. Rabbi completed his SSC from Udayan Secondary School in Barisal, while he passed HSC from Syed Hatem Ali College. He is now studying in the American International University in Dhaka.
Rabbi made his first appearance in cricket through a school cricket competition. He captured the first spot in a pacer-hunt programme for Barisal Division. Today’s superstar Rubel Hossain also came through the same passage. He was among the best 16 fast bowler during the pacer-hunt programme. Later, former skipper and BCB Director Khaled Mahmud Sujon provided him an opportunity to play in his team Old DOHS. The young pacer proved his worth there and confirmed a spot in the Under-19 World Cup team in 2010.
Good length bowling in a row is known to be the secret weapon of Rabbi. He also claims himself not to be an injury-prone player, which is also a good sign. Pakistan’s legend pacer Wasim Akram is the idol of him. He has so far played 40 first-class matches to take 91 wickets with the best figures of 6-119. He has also taken 42 wickets from 28 List A matches with the best of 5-64. He bowled well for Victoria Sporting Club in the List A Dhaka Premier League last season, taking 15 wickets at an average of 25.33 from 11 matches. During Bangladesh A’s tour of India in September 2015, he was called in as the replacement of Taskin Ahmed. He was also a part of Bangladesh A’s tour of South Africa. He performed extremely well in both the series, which now has earned him a place in the Bangladesh national set-up as well.
Full name Kamrul Islam Rabbi
Born December 10, 1991, Barisal, Patuakhali
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Last updated: November 02, 2015