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Old August 9, 2012, 11:38 AM
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Five U-19 performers to watch

Anamul Haque
Batsman, Bangladesh
Since he was only assigned to carry drinks during the senior team's Asia Cup campaign, Anamul Haque used the free time to think up witty newspaper headlines. When Bangladesh neared Pakistan's total in the first match, he decided that one of those headlines could be a play on his nickname, Bijoy (which means victory in Bangla). Apart from his wit, the age-group coaches admire Haque for his calmness, as much as for his run-making abilities.
Though it was assumed that he had crossed the age-group stage of his career after making the senior team for the Twenty20 tri-series in Zimbabwe in June, Anamul was hurriedly made the captain for the World Cup after the junior team failed to progress from the group stages in their Asia Cup campaign. This may be a backward step for the youngster, but the BCB wanted to put the progress he has made as a cricketer to what they believe is good use.

Having spent much of his childhood at the renowned BKSP school, Anamul got his first break when he was selected for an Under-16 tour to India. Subsequently, he quickly made a mark in the 50-overs Dhaka Premier League, but the form wasn't converted into first-class runs. An ordinary 2010 U-19s World Cup campaign could have stalled his career, but two eye-catching centuries in the 2010-11 National Cricket League (the domestic first-class competition) put him right back in the game. In the 2011-12 season, he finished as the NCL's top run-scorer.

Anamul would want emulate one of his predecessors - Mushfiqur Rahim - and avoid the fate of many of the others who had captained Bangladesh U-19s: Al Shahriar, Hannan Sarkar and Nafees Iqbal were promising cricketers who had short international careers. Suhrawadi Shuvo hasn't shown the skills required to remain at the top level, while Mahmudul Hasan hasn't broken through. Ashiqur Rahman, the medium-pacer who led in the 2004 edition at home, has quit the game altogether. Anamul, though, is considered to be smart enough to avoid the pitfalls and take advantage of being called upon to head the team.
হোঁচট খেয়েছি অনেকবার, তবুও হার মানিনি। বাঁধা এসেছে বারবার, তবুও থেমে থাকিনি। বাঘেরা জানে কিভাবে ঘুরে দাঁড়াতে হয়। আপনারা আমাদের সাথেই থাকুন... ইনশাল্লাহ আল্লাহ ও আমাদের সহায় হবেন। চলো বাংলাদেশ!
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