Farhad Reza, a middle-order batsman who bowls useful medium-pace, was called up to the national squad for the tour of Zimbabwe in July 2006 after scoring the most runs in the previous year’s domestic league. He got his chance in the second one-day international and became the first Bangladeshi to score a fifty – off just 57 balls – on debut. His good form continued on the tour of Kenya that followed and he steered Bangladesh to victory in the first and third one-day internationals. He took his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs, against Ireland in March 2008.
At that time though Shakib Al Hasan also came into the cricketing scene, it was Reza who was the pick of a blooming allrounder that can make a difference. Over the years, due to some controversy his international career was not extended. But the indomitable King from Rajshahi still continues to shine in domestic cricket with 4 centuries, 27 half centuries and 6 five wicket hauls – Farhad Reza is still proving his worth as a genuine allrounder. He was an integral part of the Rajshahi Kings success in BPL 2016 with his frugal bowling at the start of the innings. Rajshahis prodigal son is the star cricketer for Rajshahi Division and for the Kings.