Bangladesh Cricket Players
Javed Omar has developed into the closest thing to a Test-class opener that Bangladesh has produced in its torrid early years of senior cricket. A glut of one-day internationals early in his career did not help his development, but all complaints that he scores his runs too slowly were offset by a historic Test debut, when he carried his bat for 85 not out, only the third player in history to achieve this in his first match. He underlined his limpet-like qualities with a painstaking 80, compiled over 100 overs, in his sixth Test, against Zimbabwe at Chittagong. His maiden international hundred, against Pakistan at Peshawar later that year, gave his side a first-innings lead for the first time and showed the first glimpse of a new steelier attitude from Bangladesh. After intermittent one-day appearances, back-to-back fifties in July 2004 ensured his selection for the Champions Trophy held in England.