Manjural Islam Rana – Youngest Test Cricketer to Die
Manjural Islam Rana played six tests and 25 ODI’s for Bangladesh between 2003-04 to 2005-06. He was killed in a road accident on March 16, 2007. Manjural Islam Rana was only 22 and as such, he has become the youngest Test cricketer to die. He was on a motorbike in Khulna when he lost his balance and collided with an oncoming bus. Sajjadul Hasan, a local first-class cricketer, also died on his way to the hospital.
Both players had finished playing a match in Fatullah the previous day. In this match, Manjural Islam Rana took four wickets. Manjural Islam Rana made his first-class debut from Khulna Division against Barisal Division on 22 Nov 2000. In his first match, he did not bat, but he managed to pick the first wicket of Towhid Hossain.
A left-arm spinner Manjural Islam Rana made his ODI debut in November 2003 at the age of 19 and took the wicket of Michael Vaughan with his third ball of the over. The first time a Bangladesh player had taken a wicket in his first international over.
He made his Test debut at Harare in 2003-04 but did not impress and had been sidelined since the series against India in December 2004. Zimbabwe toured Bangladesh in January 2005; Manjural Islam Rana was twice the man of the match in the ODI series. In the ODI series fourth match, he took his career-best figures of 4 for 34.
His best performance in the One-Day International format was a brace of four against Zimbabwe in January 2005. His death was indeed very shocking to Bangladesh Cricket. In his six Tests career, he scored 257 runs at an average of 25.70 with the highest score of 69. He scored one fifty and held 3 catches. In the bowling department, he just managed to take 5 wickets at a healthy average of 80.20 with 3 for 84 being his best figure. In 25 ODI’s he scored 331 runs at an average of 20.68 with the highest score of 63. Rana took 6 catches and 23 wickets at 29.95 with the best figure of 4 for 34.
He is sometimes referred to on scoresheets by his nickname Rana. His last match played was a first-class match against Dhaka Division. In this match, he was captained his side, which Khulna lost, although he took nine wickets in the match.