April 19th, 2022, is a tragic day for Bangladesh cricket, as two renowned former players Mosharraf Hossain Rubel and Saimur Rahman passed away.
Samiur Rahman, a former Bangladesh fast bowler, died in Dhaka at the age of 68. According to his relatives, he was suffering from pneumonia problems as a result of a stroke earlier this year.
Samiur played in Bangladesh’s first two One-Day Internationals in 1986, as well as the ICC Trophy in 1982 and 1986. After his playing career, Samiur served as an umpire and match referee.
Mosharraf Hossain Rubel, another former cricketer, died on Tuesday at the age of 40 following a lengthy fight with cancer. According to press reports, he died in the United Hospital in Dhaka. Rubel was diagnosed with a brain tumour for the first time in 2019. In March 2019, he underwent surgery in Singapore and completed a full cycle of chemotherapy. However, the cancer reappeared in January 2021.
When he was brought to a Dhaka hospital last month, his condition deteriorated.After a few days of medication, his health improved marginally. The cancer, on the other hand, was unbeatable.
Mosharraf earned his first of five Bangladesh caps in 2008, all in one-day internationals, according to UNB.
He last played for his country in 2016, when he was called up on short notice for a series against Afghanistan. He had been out of the national set-up for more than eight years prior to this series.
Mosharraf was the player of the final in the Bangladesh Premier League in 2013, bowling left-arm spin and batting left-handed. In a career lasting more than 15 years, he had multiple match-winning efforts at the domestic level.
Mosharraf has more than 500 wickets and 20 five-fors in competitive cricket. He had also completed two First-class centuries and 16 half-centuries.