Stylish right-handed batsman, a prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket and a loyal servant of the national cricket team from 1986 to 1999, Minhajul Abedin had experienced the whole process through which Bangladesh went through to finally participate in their first World Cup.
He scored two half-centuries in Bangladesh’s maiden World Cup venture, and was the first Man of the Match for the tigers after his match-winning innings against Scotland. His final ODI was against Pakistan in the historic World Cup victory, after which he retired from cricket.
Always known as an intelligent cricketer who captained the national side for a brief stint in the early nineties, Nannu as he is also known as, has been an integral part of the recently formed trinity of selectors. His experience of being part of a team which struggled through lean patches to finally attain success makes him a veteran at understanding the value of building a team for success, thus justifying his success as a selector.
Former Bangladesh batsman Sajjad, who played two matches for the national team in the 1995 Asia Cup, had been working as a selector for the age-based youth teams for some time.
He was only 19 when he was selected to open against Zimbabwe at Dhaka in autumn 1993. Though these games were not recognized as full ODIs, they were important for Bangladesh’s preparation for the 5th ICC Trophy in Kenya. Unfortunately, the young opener couldn’t handle the pace of Heath Streak. He did play two full ODIs in 1995, but after scores of 4 and 11, was omitted from the national team.
He played first-class cricket for Dhaka Metropolis and Dhaka Division from 2001 to 2006. He scored his only first-class century for Dhaka Metropolis in a victory over Barisal Division in 2000-01.
The soft-spoken right-hander is still considered one of the best captains of Bangladesh cricket team, all due to his success as a captain, and also his contributions with the bat in Test and ODI formats. He was part of the Bangladesh team that played their first Test in 2000 against India and was the scorer of Bangladesh’s first Test half century. To date, he still holds the record of being the highest run-scorer for Bangladesh in Test match cricket.
Always a cool customer with a smile even in the tensest situation, his attributes as a cricketing brain is widely appreciated and acknowledged by authority and fans alike, and his presence in the national selection panel is definitely a move by the board to bring an intelligent cricketer and thinker to help build a team for the future.