Mohammad Anamul Haque Bijoy, born on 16 December 1992, is a prominent Bangladeshi cricketer known for his exceptional skills as a wicket-keeper and an opening right-handed batsman.
Batting Career of Anamul Haque
Early Life and U19 Career
Anamul Haque hails from Kushtia and began his cricketing journey as a student at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan. His captained the Bangladesh U19 team during the World Cup in Australia and emerged as the highest run-scorer.
Anamul made his first-class debut for Dhaka Division in the National Cricket League in late 2008. He caught the selectors’ attention with his performances at the BKSP, Bangladesh’s premier sports institute. In September 2017, he notched up his maiden double-century in first-class cricket, scoring an impressive 216 runs for Khulna Division against Rangpur Division in the 2017–18 National Cricket League.
He continued to rule in domestic cricket, and he was the leading run-scorer in the 2018–19 Bangladesh Cricket League. Moreover, he was the top run-scorer for Prime Bank Cricket Club in the 2018–19 Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, amassing 552 runs in 16 matches.
In the 2021–22 Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, Anamul Haque etched his name in history by becoming the first batter to score a remarkable 1,000 runs in a single season, solidifying his reputation as a domestic cricket stalwart.
Bangladesh Premier League Journey
Anamul’s journey in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) has been equally impressive. He started with the Dhaka Gladiators in 2012 and subsequently made valuable contributions in the league.
He made his ODI debut against West Indies in the 2012 Sahara Cup, where he scored a remarkable century in only his second ODI. He knocked impressive 120 runs and got Player of the Match.
He was subsequently named in the Bangladesh squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup and played as an opening batsman alongside Tamim Iqbal. However, an unfortunate shoulder injury during the tournament ruled him out.
Despite some setbacks, Anamul Haque’s contributions to the Bangladesh national cricket team have been noteworthy. He has a record of being the first cricketer to score 1,000 or more runs in a single season of a List A cricket tournament.