A bright talent described of thinking ‘like a 45-year-old’ by senior pro Tamim Iqbal, Mosaddek Hossain last played for Bangladesh in the 2018 Asia Cup but has in the past demonstrated that his undoubted repertoire of strokes is underpinned by a strong mental attitude.
It was no doubt formed after a torrid first-class season in 2013-14, with a pair on debut against Khulna seeing him immediately dropped from the side and taking no further part in any matches that season.
But he bounced back in the most dramatic manner the following year, striking 250 and 282 for Barisal Division before adding another double-hundred in 2015 to become the first Bangladeshi to score three first-class double centuries.
A star, albeit less consistent, in the white-ball form in domestic circles, a T20I debut soon followed in January 2016, but after failing to impress against Zimbabwe, he was once again ignored for further opportunities and consequently missed out on Chandika Hathurusingha’s plans for the 2016 World T20.
Hossain became the first Bangladesh player to take a wicket with his very first delivery on his ODI debut against Afghanistan in September 2016, before making his Test debut against Sri Lanka in March 2017, which coincided with the nation celebration of playing its 100th Test match.
His international numbers, aside from his 75 on his Test debut, have not quite reflected the increasing signs of potential, but he has always been in and around the selectors’ radar due to his gifted abilities.
A useful off-break bowler, his displays over the past few years have raised hope that he can eventually replaced stalwart Shakib al Hasan as the regular allrounder.
And while his involvement in this tournament is likely to be limited, it is the experience of this summer’s competition which is likely to be the most beneficial to the 23-year-old in his development.
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