19-year-old Suhrawadi Shuvo’s dream of playing senior-level cricket is not very far from most Bangladeshi boys his age. The slow left-arm orthodox bowler has impressed many with his performances at the first-class level and was named captain of the side sent to Malaysia for the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup in February 2008.

In his fifteen first-class matches up to then, he had taken 69 wickets and scored 384 runs with a top score of 72.

An effective middle-order batsman, Shuvo represented his country at the 2006 U/19 World Cup in Sri Lanka. There he went on to take nine wickets in his six matches at an average of 14.44.

Although Bangladesh did not reach their high level of expectations from the recently concluded U/19 World Cup, Shuvo bows out of his final showing at youth cricket’s biggest tournament with a wealth of knowledge and confidence.

After Bangladesh’s group game against England, which saw them recover miraculously from 49 for 7 to win, Suhrawadi Shuvo sat down for a quick chat before joining in the team celebrations.

When did you first start playing the game?

I think it was back in 2000 when I was still in school. I represented my school team about eight years ago.

How has this whole experience of being a part of the U/19 Cricket World Cup been?

It has obviously been a great experience for all of us. We came here with very high expectations but although we didn’t do too well, I still think it was good.

Is this going to be your last U/19 World Cup? What about the rest of the squad?

Sadly, this will be the last time I represent my country at the U /19’s highest level. The good thing is that there are about five or six guys in the team who will have a chance to play in the next one and this tournament has given them good exposure and they will be better prepared the next time around.

Is the team getting a good following for this tournament?

Yes, of course. People love cricket back home and there are a lot of people who are waiting to hear how we are doing here in Malaysia.

What about local cricket? How popular is it?

Local cricket is also very popular and competitive. We are going to start our Premier League which is the top cricket league there and it will begin early March.

Will you be playing in that league?

Yes I play in the Premier League. I was in a club called Abahani Cricket Club but now I will be playing for Mohammedan Cricket Club.

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