Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan, MP has expressed deep sadness at the passing away of first National Cricket Captain Anwarul Kabir Shamim who breathed his last this morning at a clinic in Dhaka where he was undergoing treatment for a terminal health condition. Anwarul Kabir, popularly known as Shamim Kabir, was 74.
Mr Hassan paid tribute to Shamim Kabir who earned the distinction of becoming the first cricketer to lead the Bangladesh National Team against an international opponent during the 1976-77 tour of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) to Bangladesh: “He was a pioneer. Shamim Kabir captained Bangladesh when times were difficult for cricket and the game had very limited resources. It was due to the passion and dedication of people like him that cricket in Bangladesh is where it is today.
“On behalf of the Board, I extend heartfelt condolences to the family of Shamim Kabir. We pray for the salvation of his soul.”
An opening batsman and wicket-keeper, Shamim Kabir played in 15 first class matches between 1961 and 1969 for different teams including East Pakistan, East Zone and Dacca University. Following his retirement as a player, he continued to contribute to the game as an administrator and was the Manager of the National Team in the ICC Trophy tournaments in 1982 and 1986. He was a former BCB Councilor and had also been a member of various BCB Standing Committees. Shamim Kabir received the National Sports Award in 1999 for his service to Bangladesh cricket.
A namaz-e-janaza of the Late Shamim Kabir will be held at the BCB National Academy Ground on 01 August (Thursday) at 11h00. As a mark of respect, the Bangladesh Cricket Team will wear black arm bands during the third and final ODI against Sri Lanka on 31 July.