Bangladesh opener Shad­man Islam, who made his debut today said that his father Shohidul Alam — a BCB official who was close to age-level cricketers and saw the transformation of the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan, has been very supportive of his cricket career.
The debutant played a solid innings on Test debut as the 23- year left hander scored 76 off 199 balls before being adjudged leg before wicket against Devendra Bishoo in the fifth delivery of the 59th over.
He created a record for Bangladesh of playing the highest deliveries as an opener on Test debut. The previous record belonged to Nazimuddin, who faced 168 balls in the second innings against Pakistan, scoring 78. The record of scoring fifties as an opener on Test debut was previously shared by Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal and Nazimuddin.
However, only three batsmen have scored centuries for Bangladesh on Test debut – Aminul Islam (145 off 340 balls) against India in 2000, Mohammad Ashraful (114 off 212 balls) against Sri Lanka in 2001 and Abul Hasan Raju (113 off 123 balls) against the West Indies.
Shadman’s 76-run innings is the seventh highest for Bangladesh on Test debut.
Many might even say that Shadman might have gotten an easier path to the national team due to his father’s position. However in reality, Shadman’s father, who is a co-ordinator of the BCB’s game development committee, has always kept out of the way of his son. Shadman earned his spot everywhere through performances, even his surprise national team call-up came after he performed in a practice match for BCB XI while playing against the Windies. Shadman recalled how his father supported him and taught him how to build himself as a cricketer.
“Obviously he has a big role,” Shadman replied when asked what role his father played in him getting into the national team at the age of 23 years. “I mean abbu has always supported me for cricket and he used to take me with him to under-15 or 17 camps when I was very little.
“And from then I wished to become a cricketer and he advised me on my playing and even when I was in academy or playing school cricket, he was very supportive of me.
“How to play, how a cricketer needs to lead his life, he tells me all those things even now and I try to implement what he says,” the cricketer commented on the lessons that his father, who knows a lot about age-level cricket had given him.
Shadman was one delivery short of facing his 200th delivery today when he was trapped leg-before by the wily Devandra Bishoo. Before that, he faced 198 deliveries and he played them on merit during his cool as cucumber 76-run knock.
The opener showed very little nerve, playing his debut Test but when asked if he was nervous attending a press-conference, he said he was slightly nervous.
“Yes, slightly nervous but it’s okay since you have to talk anyway,” the cricketer said in customary fashion, much in the same manner he
batted today.