|Tanzim Hasan Sakib Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||October 20, 2002|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Tanzim Hasan Sakib is a Bangladeshi professional cricketer who has represented his country in the ODI format of the sport, as a pace bowler. Before breaking into the senior national team in September 2023, he was a key member (7 wickets in 6 matches) of Bangladesh’s squad that won the 2020 edition of the ICC (International Cricket Council – the global governing body for the sport) Under-19 Cricket World Cup. It was the 13th edition of the tournament, the 12th in which Bangladesh participated, and the first in which the team reached the final – Bangladesh’s previous best performance was a 3rd-place finish in 2016. Tanzim participated in the next (2022) edition of the tournament as well but Bangladesh could only finish as high as 8th this time around. In the Bangladeshi domestic circuit, he has played for Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, Sylhet Division, and Abahani Limited across all formats. In franchise-based T20 leagues, Tanzim has turned out for the Sylhet Strikers (2022-23-Present) in the BPL (Bangladesh Premier League – the top-tier franchise-based professional T20 cricket league in the country).
Tanzim Hasan Sakib
Tilakchanpur, Sylhet, Bangladesh
Tanzim had attended the Adityapur Government Primary School in Balaganj, a sub-district of the Sylhet District of Bangladesh. He later studied at the Balaganj Government DN Model High School, also in Balaganj.
- Father – Gauch Ali
- Mother – Selina Begum
20 – Youth ODI
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Bangladeshi descent.
- Toned physique
- Slightly overgrown, side-parted hair
- Affable smile
- Sports a goatee
Tanzim Hasan Sakib Facts
- In late August 2023, just a few days before the start of the 2023 (16th) edition of the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) Asia Cup (a continental limited-overs cricket tournament that was established in 1983 by the ACC to promote goodwill between Asian countries), Tanzim was included in Bangladesh’s squad as an injury replacement.
- He made his ODI (and international) debut on September 15, 2023, against eventual champions India, in the 6th (and last) match of the tournament’s ‘Super Four’ (second) stage. By this time, the fate of all 4 teams remaining in the competition had been decided – India and Sri Lanka had qualified for the final whereas Pakistan and Bangladesh had been eliminated.
- Hence, both India and Bangladesh chose to make multiple changes in their starting lineups to try out some new combinations before the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. Although not many were expecting it, Tanzim made a strong impact with both bat and ball in this match.
- He walked out to bat with Bangladesh’s score reading 238/8 in the 48th over and scored 14 runs not out off just 8 balls to help his team finish at 265/8 in their allotted 50 overs – a slightly above-par score given the tricky nature of the pitch in this match. With the ball, he finished with figures of 2/32 in 7.5 overs – picking up the first 2 Indian wickets to fall.
- His early testing spell meant that the Indian team was pegged back at 17/2 in the 3rd over of the chase. Bangladesh eventually won this thriller of a match by a narrow margin of 6 runs and Tanzim’s impactful all-round performance played a critical role in this victory.
- Just a couple of days after his stellar international debut though, he landed in serious trouble after several offensive and misogynistic posts from his social media accounts were leaked – some of them dating back to 2014. Most of these posts questioned the role of working women and female students in modern society and suggested that the activities of a woman should be limited to that of a housewife/mother. This resulted in a lot of backlash from Bangladesh’s mainstream news media and social media.
- The content of these posts was also slammed by women’s rights activists, writers, and journalists. Some other posts were also leaked in which Tanzim had stated that he disliked celebrating ‘Victory Day’ (December 16) – a national holiday that commemorates the defeat of the Pakistan Armed Forces in the liberation war of 1971, an event that led to the official secession of East Pakistan from West Pakistan and the creation of the new state of Bangladesh.
- Tanzim apologized to the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board, the governing body for the sport in the country) and took full responsibility for his posts. The board chose to accept his apology considering his tender age as well as the fact that there were just about 2 weeks left before the start of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. The board, however, stated that the player had been officially warned and that his behavior would be monitored.
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