Athar Ali Khan

Personal information
10 February 1962 (age 54)
Dacca , Pakistan
(now Dhaka, Bangladesh )
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style
Right-hand bat
Bowling style
Right-arm medium
Batsman, commentator
Career statistics
Runs scored
Batting average
Top score
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings

10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/ stumpings
Source: Cricinfo, 29 December 2015
Athar Ali Khan (Bengali : আতহার আলী খান) (born 10
February 1962, in Dhaka) is a former Bangladeshi cricketer and
currently an international commentator. A tall, technically
correct, right-handed batsman, standing at 6 ft 2 in tall, he
played 19 one-day internationals scoring 532 runs at an
average of 29.55 with a highest score of 82. Throughout the
1980s, Athar played as a middle order batsman, batting mostly
at No. 4 or 5.
Later on, encouraged by the Indian Test Cricketer , Mohinder
Amarnath, Athar started opening regularly for Bangladesh .[1]
He was a slow medium pacer taking six wickets in ODI
matches. [2] He is Bangladesh cricket team's national selector
and a cricket commentator. He is also the head coach of
Bangladesh Premier League franchise Duronto Rajshahi .
Early years
In 1984, Athar played for the Bangladesh Tigers in the first
South East Asian Cup. A year later he played in the 3 Day
match against Sri Lanka in Dhaka. During the season 1984–85
he was part of the Dhaka University team which won the
National cricket title. In the semi-final, against Dhaka district,
Athar scored 155 and shared a record stand of 447 with
Tariquzzaman Munir (308). [3]
ODI player
In October 1988, he was Bangladesh 's best performer in the
Wills Asia Cup at Dhaka. He scored 16 against India , 22
against Pakistan and 30 against Sri Lanka .Then on the final
day of 1990, he entertained the huge 50,000-strong crowd at
Eden Garden, Calcutta with a score of 78* against Sri Lanka .
His innings included three huge sixes. Although Bangladesh
lost the match, Athar was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match. [4]
Athar's highest ODI score (82) came against Pakistan in 1997.
There, he put on a century partnership (110) with skipper
Akram Khan (59). [5] He was involved with another century
partnership a year later. Against Kenya, he put on 137 for the
first wicket with Mohammad Rafiq . Athar's own contribution
was 47. This partnership set up Bangladesh 's first ever ODI
win. [6] His best bowling in ODI was 2/33 against India at
Mohali in 1997. Sourav Ganguly was one of his victims. [7]
ICC Trophy player
Athar played for Bangladesh in three ICC Trophy tournaments,
in England in 1986, in Kenya in 1994 and finally in Malaysia in
1997. He had a disappointing time in England in '86, as he lost
his place in the side midway through the trophy, due to lack of
form. He had scored only 55 runs from 5 innings. [8] The wet
conditions in England didn't suit Athar's batting technique.
After being overlooked for the 1990 trophy in Netherlands ,
Athar returned for 1994 tournament in Kenya. There also, he
failed to live up to the expectations, scoring only 90 runs from
6 innings. [9] However, Athar played a big part in Bangladesh 's
success 3 years later. He scored 170 runs from 9 innings, with
2 not outs, as Bangladesh became the unbeaten champion. [10]
Other matches
1988 was a highly successful year for Athar Ali Khan. First, at
the 2nd South East Asian Cup at Hong Kong Athar scored 92
not out against Hong Kong, 69 not out against Singapore in
the League matches and followed these with 64 in the final
against Hong Kong. He was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match
for the final.[11]
Athar played for Bangladesh in 3 SAARC cricket tournaments
in Dhaka. He scored 52 against Sri Lanka A in 1994, to set up
a win for his team. [12]
Outside cricket
He studied public administration at Dhaka University.
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