Young British Bangladeshi batsman scores 200 not out
Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Robin Das, 15 years old Brit Bengali who plays for Essex County Cricket Club Under 16’s and Wanstead CC in the Shepard Neame Premier League scored a record breaking 200 not out during the Essex Match play Quarter Final competition against Brentwood CC on 15 July 2018 helping Wanstead CC beat Brentwood by 95 runs.
Robin Das scored an outstanding 200 not out as his side amassed 315-2. He put on 240 with Shahzaib Khan, who scored 59 not out. He went from 100 runs to 200 runs in 8 overs and scored 24 off the final over of the innings including a six of the last ball to ensure he achieved the club record milestone of 200 runs in a knockout competition.
His side will now play Hainault & Clayhall in the Semi-Final this coming Monday, 23rd July, at Billericay CC.
Robin Das whose father hails from Sunamganj, Sylhet is one of the most talented youth cricketers in London and has been seen as a future England batsman. His brother Jonathan Das also played for Essex U17 and plays as the Wanstead CC first team wicket keeper.
Robin Das plays his cricket at Wanstead CC formed in 1866. They have produced many England and Essex County cricketers over the past 150 years including James Foster, Fred Rumsey, Barry Knight, Maurice Chambers and more.
Wanstead CC are the current ECB National Club Champions winning the knockout competition last year and defeating the MCC at Lords on 18 April 2018. During the match against the MCC at the home of cricket, Robin played exceptionally well to help guide his senior club side to victory with an impressive 54 runs, showing he was able to deal with the slope at the famous ground and looked comfortable against adult players some of whom were double his age.
Robin Das is a stylish batsman playing fast bowlers very well and able to deal with the swinging conditions in the UK.
Shahidul Alam Ratan, CEO of Capital Kids Cricket who was previously National / senior coach of Bangladesh cricket board said, “I am very excited to see this talent and in my experience in cricket in Bangladesh Robin is ready to play for Bangladesh under 19. He is one of few British Bangladeshi will Play county cricket in next 3-4 years”.
Essex CCC Board Director Jawar Ali said, “It is great to see British Bangladeshis playing cricket at the highest level in the UK. Many British Bangladeshis have wanted to represent Bangladesh, but due to lack of opportunity and no outreach from the BCB they have made their commitment to the UK and are challenging their way with dominant performance with the bat and ball. Robin Das will hopefully get his chance for Essex CCC first XI soon and hopefully will be an England player in the near future too.”