Mosharraf Hossain. Photo- Twitter
Mosharraf Hossain. Photo- Twitter

In sad news for Bangladesh cricket fans, Mosharraf Hossain, former international cricketer for the team, passed away at the age of 40. He had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2019 and passed away after battling the disease for a long time.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced the demise of Hossain, 40, on Twitter. He is survived by his wife and one child. Nicknamed Rubel, Mosharraf had been in hospital over the last couple of weeks but went home after another bout of chemotherapy recently.

Mosharraf was one of seven cricketers to score 3000 runs and take 300 wickets in first-class cricket in Bangladesh. And his crowning moment of glory was being named Player of the Match in the final of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in 2013. He was the first of three Bangladeshi cricketers to win the award in a BPL final, the others being Tamim Iqbal (2019) and Alok Kapali (2015).

Bangladesh's Mosharraf Hossain. Photo- Twitter
Bangladesh’s Mosharraf Hossain. Photo- Twitter

The BCB Extends Profound Sympathies And Condolences On The Passing Of Mosharraf Hossain

Born in Dhaka in 1981, Hossain played five ODI matches for Bangladesh between 2008 and 2016, taking four wickets. He is also the Bangladeshi cricketer with the longest gap in international cricket appearances. After playing his debut series in 2008, his next call-up came in 2016 when he was picked for an ODI series against Afghanistan.

His last international appearance came in an ODI against England the same year.

Mosharraf Hossain played five ODIs for Bangladesh. PHoto- AFP-Getty Images
Mosharraf Hossain played five ODIs for Bangladesh. PHoto- AFP-Getty Images

“The BCB mourns the passing of former Bangladesh National Team player Musharraf Hossain Rubel. The left-arm spinner amassed over 550 wickets across all formats in a career spanning two decades. The BCB extends profound sympathies and condolences,” Bangladesh Cricket Board tweeted.

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Mosharraf made his first-class debut in the 2001-02 season, while he was a Dhaka University student. He grew to be a domestic giant, and a regular among the top five wicket-takers in competitions like the National Cricket League and Dhaka Premier League.

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