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Enamul Haque (cricketer, born 1966)

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Full name  Enamul Haque
Bowling style  Slow left-arm orthodox
National side  Bangladesh
Other name  Moni
Nickname  Moni
Role  Bowler, Umpire
Batting style  Left-handed
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Born  27 February 1966 (age 51) (1966-02-27) Comilla, Chittagong Division, Bangladesh
Test debut (cap 16)  26 April 2001 v Zimbabwe

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.

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Early years

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 lot more successful against the lesser lights.

In ICC Trophy

Though he was an all-rounder, he was mostly successful with his bowling in ICC Trophy cricket. In total, he took 35 wickets in 3 ICC Trophy tournaments, in 1990,94 & in 97. 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.

Memorable innings

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.

An unlikely partnership

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.

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.

The duo were in splendid form during Bangladesh's historical truimph 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 of only 15 deliveries; his innings including two sixes and two fours.

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 & 3/56 with the ball, Moni took 2/45 from 10 economical overs.

As an umpire

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

As of 22 January 2016"

References

Enamul Haque (cricketer, born 1966) Wikipedia


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