Imrul Kayes, the left-hand opening batsman, embarked on his journey toward national selection with a significant milestone in 2008 when he earned a spot in the Bangladesh Academy team. An eye-catching performance during the Academy team’s tour of Sri Lanka set the stage for his inclusion in the one-day international squad for a series against New Zealand. His debut in international cricket saw him scoring 12 runs.
In the years that followed, Imrul participated in more than 60 One Day Internationals (ODIs). Among his achievements, he notably registered a century against New Zealand in 2010 and accumulated 13 half-centuries to his name. His role in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, where he played six matches, was significant. During this tournament, he stood out with an unbeaten 73 against the Netherlands and a noteworthy 60 against England. Imrul concluded as Bangladesh’s leading run-scorer with a total of 188 runs, averaging an impressive 37.60.
During the preparations for the 2015 World Cup, Imrul found himself initially left out of Bangladesh’s squad. However, circumstances changed when he was called in as a replacement after Anamul Haque suffered a shoulder injury, marking his return to the global stage. His journey in international cricket has been defined by his determination and ability to make valuable contributions to the team.