Date of Birth01-04-1993
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm seam
One of the most popular players in Bangladesh cricket, Jahanara Alam is a right-arm seamer. With a long, rhythmic run-up, Alam often taken the new ball for Bangladesh to bowl her outswingers.
Born in 1993 in Khulna, Alam’s first foray into sports came through handball and volleyball where she played for the school team. Cricket was one of the furthest things from her mind – “the rules and regulations were too difficult,” she had said. However, when the BCB took women’s cricket under their wing to establish a women’s team in the country, Alam was encouraged by one of her coaches to consider playing. A natural athlete, she picked up the game quickly, rising through the ranks to find herself on the national side in 2006.
Jahanara Alam was one of the ‘original members’ of Bangladesh’s team that gained ICC ODI status in 2011. She has since played a pivotal role in their steady improvement over the years.
In 2018, when Bangladesh beat India twice in Kuala Lumpur to lift their maiden Asia Cup, it was Alam who hit the winning runs – a hurriedly scampered two off the bowling of Harmanpreet Kaur. The right-arm seamer followed that high with her maiden five-wicket haul in T20Is. Her 5 for 28 against Ireland in Dublin saw her become the first player from Bangladesh to register a five-for in T20Is.
Her performances through that year’s T20 World Cup in the Caribbean where she picked up six wickets in four matches, saw her earn a call-up to join the Women’s T20 Challenge in India as part of the Velocity team.
Jahanara Alam briefly served as Bangladesh’s skipper between 2014 and 2016, even leading the side in the 2016 ICC Women’s World T20 in India. She was however, replaced by Salma Khatun at the end of that tournament.
As of March 2020, she is one of only four Bangladesh bowlers to have taken 50 T20I wickets. She continues to be the undisputed leader of the attack, often the lone pacer in a spin-heavy attack.
- May 7, 2020
Jahanara Alam, Salma Khatun and Fahima Khatun have taken to various activities to keep themselves engaged during the current lockdown.
- February 29, 2020
India defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets to go into the semifinals unbeaten while New Zealand survived a scare against Bangladesh before prevailing by 17 runs in Group A clashes. Here’s Adam Collins summing up the Day 8 Wrap on #TheOutsideView.
- February 27, 2020
Australia thumped Bangladesh by a huge margin of 86 runs at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Thursday (February 27) in the T20 World Cup. It was a very ruthless performance from the hosts after a couple of not-so-convincing ones. Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney starred with 83 and 81 respectively, before Australia’s bowlers restricted
- February 24, 2020
India made it two in two as they downed Bangladesh by 18 runs in the T20 World Cup at the WACA in Perth on Monday (February 24). India’s victory was set up by Shafali Verma, who struck a belligerent 39 off just 17 balls. Her initial blitz gave India a resounding start which took them