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Former Bangladesh Spinner Dies at 40

Former Bangladesh Spinner Dies at 40

Mosharraf Hossain, the former Bangladesh left-arm spinner, died aged 40 in Dhaka. He had brain cancer, which was diagnosed in 2019. Mosharraf Hossain recovered after treatment, but the tumor worsened in November 2020.

Mosharraf Hossain, Nicknamed Rubel, Mosharraf Hossain had been in hospital over the last couple of weeks but recently went home after another bout of chemotherapy.

Mosharraf was one of seven cricketers to score 3000 runs and take 300 wickets in first-class cricket in domestic cricket in Bangladesh. Among the highs of his career was winning the Man of the Match award in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League final. He was one of the first three Bangladeshi cricketers to win the prize in a BPL final, the others being Tamim Iqbal (2019) and Alok Kapali (2015).

Mosharraf is also the Bangladesh cricketer with the longest gap between international 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. He also played an ODI against England, which turned out to be his final international match. Although short, the comeback was a testament to Mosharraf's consistent domestic form, rare for Bangladesh cricketers.

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Mosharraf Hossain made his first-class debut in the 2001-02 season while 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.

Mosharraf Hossain represented Bangladesh A at the same time before making his first arrival for the Bangladesh national side in 2008 against South Africa, said in a report.

Mosharraf Hossain made a comeback against Afghanistan in October 2016, playing his second ODI after being in the wastes for nearly eight years, the longest between international appearances for a Bangladeshi cricketer. His last of the five ODIs were played against England, and he took four ODI wickets.

However, he was a big name at the first-class level in the domestic circuit, renowned for being a consistent bowler. Mosharraf Hossain picked up 392 wickets at an average of 29.02 in 112 games. "Hossain is one of seven cricketers to score 3,000 runs and take 300 wickets in first-class cricket in Bangladesh," the report said.

His wife and one child survive him.

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