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Shamim Kabir, the first captain of Bangladesh cricket team, passed away at a hospital in the capital yesterday morning. He was 74, reports the daily star.
He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer and undergoing treatment at Eden Multicare Hospital at the time of his death, said the officials of the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
The news of his death came just two days after the BCB decided to bear all the expenses of his treatment during its last meeting on Saturday.
Shamim led the national side in its first ever international match, against MCC, in Dhaka, in January 1977. He retired from international cricket after the 1976–77 season. He made his 1st class debut playing for the East Pakistan side against Karachi (Green) in November, 1961. In his 15 1st class matches, Shamim scored 411 runs at an average of 17.86. He scored 89, his highest score playing for East Pakistan (Green) against the East Pakistan Railways, at the Bangabandhu Nation Stadium formerly known as Dhaka Stadium.
He was also an occasional wicket-keeper, and has one stumping to his credit. Raquibul Hasan took over the captaincy from him. After his retirement from international cricket, he got heavily involved with the cricket administration, and helped in the early development of cricket in Bangladesh.