Scintilla celebrate Enamul’s efforts

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 February 2015

Scintilla's Enamul Haque Jnr became the first Bangladeshi to take 400 first-class wickets

Scintilla's Enamul Haque Jnr became the first Bangladeshi to take 400 first-class wickets


Bangladeshi spinner makes history

Barking’s Scintilla Cricket Club were celebrating after Enamul Haque Jr created a little bit of history.

The left-arm spinner starred as Scintilla lifted the Essex County League Premier Division title in 2014 and became the first Bangladeshi to pick up 400 wickets in first-class cricket recently.

Haque reached the milestone while playing for Sylhet against Rajshahi and said: “It only seems like yesterday since I dismissed Asadullah Khan in 2002. It’s amazing how a career flies by.

“I have been very fortunate with the people I have had around me. Records are there to be broken, but I will savour this, especially as we are playing less cricket nowadays.”

Haque became the first Bangladeshi bowler to take 300 first-class wickets in 2011 and is 75 ahead of Abdur Razzak, with Mohammad Sharif the only other Bangladeshi bowler to have passed 300 victims.

Haque added: “I’d be lying if I said the 400-wicket milestone was not weighing on my mind. I had been preparing for this moment since the beginning of the NCL, especially as I was 11 wickets short. It’s a great feeling.”

Haque kept fit during the off-season by playing in England last summer and helped steer Scintilla to glory.

Club captain Ahmed Choudhury said: “Enam is a consummate professional. His dedication and drive was outstanding and our senior and youth teams learnt so much from him. It’s no surprise he continues to excel at the top.”

Haque is hopeful about his future, adding: “I would love to play in the national team again. It’s every cricketer’s dream and I will work hard to maintain my form.

“Over a decade ago I was given a chance to play by Sylhet. It’s where I was born. There’s promise in the ranks and I would love to win a championship with this team. That would really be a memorable way to see out my career.”

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