The emerging stars of the Bangladesh cricket Qazi Manjural Islam and Sajjadul Hasan Shetu`s 11th death anniversary today. On March 16, 2007, they died in a road accident in Batiaghata Upazila of Khulna.
Manzarul Islam Rana, born in Khulna on 4 January 1984, made his test debut in the Bangladesh squad on 19 February 2004 against Zimbabwe. He made his ODI debut earlier. On November 7, 2003, he got the opportunity to join the national team because of Mohammad Rafique`s injury.
Gradually, Manzarul became a perfect all-rounder for Bangladesh. In the then Bangladesh squad, he became an effective left-arm spinner to give support to Rafique and got the ability to run quickly. As a result, he earned the confidence of the then coach Dav Whatmore. It turned into heroism in the match against Zimbabwe in 2005. Zimbabwe won the first two ODI series in Bangladesh tour and led the series in 2-0. Rana played a major role in winning the match by taking 4 wickets for 34 runs in the 3rd ODI and 4 for 36 in 4th and kept Bangladesh in the series.
Meanwhile, Shetu did not play in the national team. But this right-handed batsman was the most popular name in domestic cricket. On the day before his death, he played his 50th match in his first-class career. He scored 3 centuries and 12 half-centuries with 2,443 runs. He has scored 680 runs in 39 lists `A` matches with two centuries and two half-centuries. He regularly played club cricket in Dhaka. He played for Dhanmondi Club, Brothers Union, and City Club.
Manzarul Islam Rana has never played the World Cup. The road accident took away his life before the first match of Bangladesh in the 2007 World Cup. However, he is a part of Bangladesh`s World Cup history without playing in it. He was with the Bangladeshi players in Port of Spain ground in that match against India. After beating India in that match, Bangladesh dedicated their victory for Manzarul Rana. Cricket Bangladesh still holds the memories of their deceased colleague who has left us so early.
It is obvious that Bangladesh cricket will wait for Manzarul Islam who has played 6 Tests and 25 ODIs. A stand at Khulna Stadium has been named after him.
Although death is an unerring event, some deaths cannot be accepted in any way. The death of Manzarul Islam Rana or Sajjadul Hasan Shetu in Bangladesh is a matter of the same. The sudden end of the journey of these emerging stars of the country`s cricket is so unbearable. They will stay alive in everyone`s heart.