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Last Updated: Friday, 16 March 2007, 14:14 GMT
Bangladesh mourn spinner Manjural
Bangladesh cricket
Bangladesh left-arm spinner Manjural Islam has died in a road accident, the Bangladesh Cricket Board has announced.

The 22-year-old played six Tests and 25 one-day internationals for his country, and also featured against England A on their recent tour of Bangladesh.

Another first-class cricketer, Sajjadul Hasan, 28, died in the same accident.

Police said the pair, who were both from Khulna, died after a motorbike ridden by Manjural hit railings on a bridge at Kartikdanga.

Habibul Bashar said the World Cup squad was in shock after hearing the news.

He said: "It's a shocking news for all of us. He was a friend and a team-mate.

"The boys are very upset but they are all professional and hopefully they won't let this downcast mood affect their game."

Manjural was among the 30 probables considered for Bangladesh's World Cup squad, but failed to make the 15. He played his last one-day international against Kenya in March in 2006 and his last Test was against India in December 2004.

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