Anisur Rahman (Bengali: আনিসুর রহমান; born 1 March 1971, in Dhaka) is a former Bangladeshi cricketer who played in two ODIs from 1995 to 1998. He also stood as an umpire in three ODI games in 2014 and in eight Twenty20 Internationals since 2012.
The tall left armer was a big success with the ball in the U-19 Asia cup in 1989. There he took 3/44 against India, and 3/36 against Pakistan.
Impressed by his performances, the selectors quickly elevated him to the national squad. There, however, he struggled to hold his place, as Bangladesh already had two other left arm seamers, Gholam Nousher Prince and Jahangir Alam Talukdar Dulu. Anis' career was also hampered by injuries and No-Ball problem. Still, he briefly emerged in 1994, following the retirement of Prince and Dulu, as the country's top pace bowler.
In the 1994-95 SAARC Quadrangular Tournament at Dhaka, (December 1994), he took 3/29 against Pakistan A, 4/29 against Sri Lanka A, & 3/28 against India A. In these matches, he used the reverse swing of the old ball with great effect. In fact, Anisur Rahman was one of the first Bangladeshi bowler to successfully use the reverse swing.
He played in 2 ODIs against India, but failed to impress. On each occasion, he suffered at the hands of the Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar.
An interesting fact about the Bangladesh team is that, there is always a left arm seam bowler in the national squad. Dipu Roy played in the historical 3-day match against the MCC in Dhaka in 1976–77, that marked the entrance of Bangladesh in international cricket arena. In fact he took the first wicket for the local side. Dipu also played in Bangladesh's first ICC Trophy match against Fiji in 1979, sharing the new ball with Mashud. Gholam Nousher Prince played in Bangladesh's first official ODI in 1986, and Bikash Ranjan Das played in Bangladesh's first official Test match. Again, Morshed Ali Khan was part of Bangladesh's first ODI win, against Kenya in 1998. And, finally, a year later, Manjural Islam played in the WC win against Scotland at Edinburgh. Prince was the main Bangladeshi pace bowler in the '80s. despite being hampered by injuries, he played in all 7 ODIs for the national side during the period 1986–90. In the 1990, International Cricket Council trophy, he shared the new ball with another left armer Dulu. The two did an admirable job taking a total of 22 wickets. Apart from these two, the other notable left arm pace bowlers were Abul Khair Mohon and Morshed Alam.
Anisur Rahman emerged as the top left arm seamer in 1994, spearheading the Bangladesh attack during the 2nd SAARC cricket tournament in Dhaka. He had a short international career, as did Morshed Ali Khan, but Manjural Islam enjoyed a longer stint. He has taken 28 wickets in 17 tests. His best bowling was in his debut match, 6/81 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo. He also bowled well in 1999 WC. Now, he is a part of the Dhaka warriors side in ICL. In recent times, Syed Rasel has emerged as a regular member of the ODI squad.
An interesting case is that of Mohammad Rafique. He emerged in the domestic circuit in the late 80's as a promising left arm seam bowler. But encouraged by his teammate, the Pakistani all-rounder Wasim Haider he started bowling left arm spin. And he finished his test career (as a left arm slow bowler) with 100 wickets.