Syed Rasel is a left arm medium fast bowler and a left handed batsman with the Bangladesh cricket team. He has also played for the Bangladesh Under-19s, Bangladesh A and the Khulna Division cricket teams.
Syed Rasel started playing first class cricket in 2001. He made his debut in International cricket in a One day International match against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2005. Rasel claimed the wickets of Vaas and Muralitharan and gave away 42 runs in the 10 overs that he bowled. Coming on to bat he scored 15 runs in 15 balls which included 2 boundaries and was trapped leg before wicket on a ball by Chandana. Sri Lanka went on to win the match by 88 runs.
The following month, Rasel played his first test match against Sri Lanka at Colombo. In the first innings, he scored 19 runs off 20 balls, hitting 4 boundaries and got stumped by Sangakkara on a ball by Herath. He also claimed 2 wickets and gave away 67 runs in the 19.2 overs that he bowled. In the second innings, he scored only a run before he was bowled by Malinga. Sri Lanka went on to win the match by an innings and 96 runs. Rasel was accompanied by Shahriar Nafees who was also debuting for Bangladesh. He was also a part of the 2007 World Cup Bangladesh team.
In a total of 52 One day International matches, Rasel has scored 81 runs and claimed 61 wickets at an economy of 4.63 runs per over. He also has a total of 12 wickets at an economy of 3.91 runs per over in the 6 test matches that he has played. His career best figures are 4 wickets for 22 runs in ODI’s and 4 wickets for 129 runs in test matches.