Naimur Rahman Durjoy and Sourav Ganguly
Naimur Rahman Durjoy and Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly’s name featuring on a bilateral series trophy between India and Bangladesh is not at all a big surprise but what about the other name – Naimur Rahman Durjoy? Do you know he is Bangladesh’s first Test captain? A bit hard to recall for sure!

Naimur Rahman Durjoy, born September 19, 1974 in Manikganj, will be delighted to have his name scripted on a trophy. Records say he played 8 Tests and 29 ODI matches for Bangladesh.

A right-arm offspinner, Rahman was a member of Bangladesh’s 1997 ICC Trophy winning team. At the age of just 26, he became his country’s inaugural Test captain when he led Bangladesh on their Test debut, against India back in 2000. Rahman surprised the cricketing world with his astonishing bowling figure as he took 6 for 132 in India’s first innings, including the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.

India however, won the match by 9 wickets after Bangladesh were all out for just 91 in the second innings when chasing India’s 429 runs. But what was impressive about Durjoy was that he had taken 6 wickets in the first innings for his side. But the happiness was short-lived as his Test career comprised of only eight Test matches over three seasons before he was removed from captaincy in 2001 and from the team also in 2002 due to poor form.

After retirement, he became the president of the Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh will be touring India for a one-off Test later in September or October this year in what will be their first ever Test tour to this country. According to reports, some demands have been made to name the series after two retired captains from the two countries – Sourav Ganguly and Naimur Rahman Durjoy.

Meanwhile, the 2016 match will be played at Ganguly’s home ground Eden Gardens in Kolkata and could pave the way to improve cricketing relations between India and Bangladesh.

But the question remains, is Durjoy’s name nominated with an anonymous decision in the Bangladesh Board? To be fair, this guy hasn’t even enjoyed a respectable career to earn a prestigious moment like this. Only captaining his country for their first ever Test match and an impressive bowling figure cannot be the criteria. Why not Habibul Bashar? Why not Akram khan?

Under Dav Whatmore, Bashar was the most successful captain to lead the Bangladesh team and achieve several milestones. The first Test victory of Bangladesh came under his captaincy in 2004 against Zimbabwe. With Bashar’s captaincy, Bangladesh have beaten Australia, India, South Africa and Sri Lanka in limited overs matches. So why not him?

The other name Akram Khan took the captaincy of the national side at a difficult time during the 1994–95 season. Following the disappointment of the 1994 ICC Trophy in Kenya, there was dissatisfaction and disunity among the players. Akram, who was an established member of the side was selected to lead the side. This seemed slightly risky, as he had little previous experience as captain. But, he performed admirably, leading his side to some memorable successes.

Akram Khan captained Bangladesh in 15 of its ODIs. The hard-hitting middle order batsman played in 8 Tests and 44 ODIs from 1988 to 2003. Akram still remains an integral part of Bangladesh cricket.

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