Fast bowler Shafiul Islam received his initial international call-up when he was chosen to represent Bangladesh in the one-day international squad for a tri-series featuring India and Sri Lanka in January 2010. Being the only uncapped player in the squad, Shafiul made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka, delivering an impressive performance and taking 1 wicket for 39 runs, dismissing Kumar Sangakkara.
His Test debut came during the same month when Bangladesh faced India. Shafiul’s skills were put to the test as a lower-order batsman in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, where he played a pivotal role in a crucial 58-run partnership that secured a two-wicket victory over England. His significant contributions made him a valuable asset to the team.
Despite missing out on Bangladesh’s squad for the 2015 World Cup, Shafiul was brought in as a replacement for pace bowler Al-Amin Hossain, who had been sent home for breaking a team curfew, showcasing Shafiul’s ability to step up when needed.