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Enamul Haque (cricketer, born 1966)

Enamul Haque Moni (also Haq) (Bengali: এনামুল হক) (born 27 February 1966, in Comilla, Chittagong) is a former Bangladeshi cricketer who played in 10 Tests and 29 ODIs from 1990 to 2003. After retiring from competitive cricket he became an umpire made his first appearance in an ODI between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe on 3 December 2006. He is the first Bangladeshi Test-match cricketer to umpire in international cricket.

Enamul Haque Moni
Enamul Haque umpire, 23 January, 2009, Dhaka SBNS.jpg
Personal information
Full nameEnamul Haque
Born (1966-02-27) 27 February 1966 (age 53)
Comilla, Chittagong Division, Bangladesh
NicknameMoni
BattingLeft-hand bat
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
RoleBowler, Umpire
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 16)26 April 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last Test24 April 2003 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 21)28 April 1990 v New Zealand
Last ODI25 January 2002 v Pakistan
Umpiring information
Tests umpired1 (2012)
ODIs umpired54 (2006–2015)
T20Is umpired14 (2006–2016)
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 10 29
Runs scored 180 236
Batting average 12.00 11.23
100s/50s -/- -/-
Top score 24* 32
Balls bowled 2230 1238
Wickets 18 19
Bowling average 57.05 57.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 4/136 2/40
Catches/stumpings 1/- 6/-
Source: [2], 12 February 2006

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Early yearsEdit

Enamul Haque Moni, commonly known as Moni, first came into prominence in the 1988–89 season, as he helped Bangladesh Biman cricket team to the Dhaka league title. He was selected for the national side next season, and remained an integral part of the team for more than a decade. Though he failed to impress at the highest level, he was a lot more successful against the lesser lights.

In ICC TrophyEdit

Though he was an all-rounder, he was most successful with his bowling in ICC Trophy cricket. In total, he took 35 wickets in three ICC Trophy tournaments, in 1990, 1994 and 1997. His most memorable match was the 2nd round encounter against Denmark in the 1990 ICC Trophy. batting first the Danes reached 233/9 from their 60 overs. In reply, the Chittagong trio Nurul Abedin (85), Akram Khan 50, & Minhajul Abedin 37 kept Bangladesh in the hunt; but it was Moni's quickfire 17* and his explosive hitting in the final over, that took Bangladesh to the target, with just 2 balls to spare. With the ball, Enamul Haque took 2/26 from 12 overs; and he was the obvious choice for the MOM award. In contrast, his biggest disappointment came in Feb. 1994, in the do-or-die game against the hosts Kenya at Nairobi. The hosts batted first scoring 295/6 from 50 overs, thanks mainly to Maurice Odumbe who scored 119. In reply, Bangladesh started their chase well with the opening pair of Jahangir Alam and Aminul Islam Bulbul putting on a 139 run partnership. After that, Minhajul Abedin contributed 68, but Moni fell for a duck, at a crucial stage of the match, and eventually Kenya won by 13 runs.[1]

Memorable inningsEdit

In Feb. 1992, he scored a memorable 131 against the touring West Bengal side in a 3-day match at Dhaka. Batting first the tourists scored 384/5 (decl.) left-handed No. 3 Raja Venkat scored 154, another more well known left-hander Sourav Ganguly made 129. In reply, the home side was struggling at 77/4. At this stage, Moni entered the wicket. With ever reliable Aminul Islam, he put on 104 for the 5th wicket. There was good understanding between the two, as they were involved in a number of vital partnerships down the order for Bangladesh. Aminul Islam went for 55, but Moni carried on ruthlessly demolishing the opposition bowling. Bangladesh eventually reached 302, thanks mainly to 131 by Moni. Aided by the tail enders, he went after the WB bowling. He was especially harsh on the slow bowlers, lofting them for a number of sixes. As the national stadium crowd were basking in afternoon sunshine (it was early spring), they also enjoyed batting of the highest class.[2]

An unlikely partnershipEdit

Early on his career, Moni enjoyed a highly successful partnership with another all rounder Aminul Islam Bulbul. As Bulbul moved up the batting order, he concentrated more on his batting, and less on his bowling. Then in December 1994, Mohammad Rafique emerged as a new all rounder for the national side.

 
Umpire Enamul Haque (right) examining Dhaka Mirpur ground with colleagues Zameer Haider and AFM Akhtaruddin prior to 3rd ODI between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in January 2009.

In a sense, this was a strange partnership, as both of them were left arm slow bolwers, and useful lower order hitters. Very few sides in world cricket take two left arm slow bolwers in their side. In fact, at the time of Rafique's arrival, many thought that Moni's international career will be over, specially, given his rather indifferent form during the 5th ICC Trophy in Kenya early in 1994. Yet, right from the beginning, the two formed a wonderful combination which went on to serve the national squad throughout the '90s.

In the 2nd SAARC cricket tournament at Dhaka during Dec. 1994, they played prominent roles in taking the local side to the final. Moni took 3/25 against Sri Lanka A & Mohammad Rafique took 3/25 against India A.[3]

The duo were in splendid form during Bangladesh's historic triumph in 1997 ICC Trophy. The pair took 31 wickets together, Rafique 19 at 10.68, Moni 12 at 18 a piece. Rafique also came good with the bat in the final. Promoted to the opening slot in a rain shortened game, he blasted 26 off only 15 deliveries; his innings including two sixes and two fours.[4]

And finally, they played their part in the first ever ODI win for Bangladesh against Kenya in 1998. Rafique won the MOM award for his 77 with the bat and 3/56 with the ball, Moni took 2/45 from 10 economical overs.[5]

As an umpireEdit

Since, 2006, he has been serving as an international umpire.

First Latest Total
Tests   New Zealand vs   Zimbabwe at McLean Park, Napier, Jan 2012[6] 1
ODIs   Bangladesh vs   Zimbabwe at Bogra, 3 Dec 2006[7]   Bangladesh vs   Zimbabwe at Mirpur, 9 Nov 2015 54
T20Is   Bangladesh vs   Zimbabwe at Khulna, 28 Nov 2006   Bangladesh vs   Zimbabwe at Khulna, 22 Jan 2016 10

As of 22 January 2016"

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) banglacricket: Bangladesh in ICC Trophy (retrieved on 2008-08-03)
  2. ^ Hasan Babli. "Antorjartik Crickete Bangladesh". Khelar Bhuban Prakashani, November 1994.
  3. ^ "Indian Cricket 1995" (Compiled by P.V. Vaidyanathan), Kasturi & Sons Limited, Madras. Published in December 1995.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) banglacricket: Bangladesh in ICC trophy 1997 (Retrieved on 2008-08-03)
  5. ^ [1] Cricinfo Scorecard Bangladesh vs Kenya (17 may, 1998) (retrieved on 2008-08-03)
  6. ^ Enamul Haque made his debut as a Test umpire. ESPNCricinfo.com. Retrieved on 26 January 2012
  7. ^ Enamul Haque made his ODI debut as an umpire

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