Imrul I of Imruland

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Imrul I
King of Imruland
Imrul I
1st King of Imruland
Reign23 December 2022 — present
PredecessorMonarchy established
Prime MinisterSobuj Hossain
Muzahidul Islam
Showib Ahmmed
Safat Zareef Hassan
Nihal Ahmed
Ishtiak Mahfuz Abdullah
Mohammad Noyon
GovernorShowib Ahmmed
1st President of Imruland
In office
16 July 2022 – 23 December 2022
Prime MinisterSobuj Hossain
Vice PresidentShowib Ahmmed
Shams Chomsky Rafi
Fokhrul Sazzad
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byShowib Ahmmed
BornImrul Kayes
2 February 1987 (1987-02-02) (age 37)
Meherpur, Khulna, Bangladesh (present day Imruland)
SpouseQueen Rubaiya
IssueCrown Prince Shohayb
Names
Imrul Kayes Sagor
Imrul Kayes
Imrul Bro
Bro
HouseHouse of Imrul
ReligionIslam
OccupationCricketer

Imrul I, also known as Imrul Kayes or Imrul Bro, or simply Bro, is a Bangladeshi-Imrulian royal and cricketer who is currently serving as the King of Imruland since 23 December 2022. He previously served as the President of Imruland from 16 July to 23 December 2022. He is the most neglected cricketer in the history of Bangladesh. He is the former captain of Comilla Victorians.

King of Imruland

Due to the repeated neglection of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to Imrul, his fans established a sovereign micronation named Republic of Imruland to pay a tribute to him. The country was established on 16 July 2022. The citizens of the country elected him President. He was installed on a grand ceremony on 30 September 2022. He issued a presidential decree on 23 December 2022 where he declared the end of presidential dictatorship and proclaimed himself the King of the country. The Republic was succeeded by the Republic Kingdom of Imruland by this decree. He appointed Showib Ahmmed as his representative and regent.

Career as cricketer

Imrul Kayes made his first-class debut in 2006, playing 15 first-class matches and 16 One Day matches before being called up for the third One Day International between Bangladesh and New Zealand in Chittagong. Batting at number three, he made just 12 runs as Bangladesh lost by 79 runs.

He made his Test debut in November 2008, playing the first match of a series in South Africa. He opened the batting on debut, but made just 10 and 4 in his two innings, being dismissed twice on the second afternoon of the match.

He found form in 2010, scoring 867 runs and becoming the 5th highest runs scorer of the year in ODIs at an average of 32.11. He scored his maiden ODI century against New Zealand. When the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced its list of central contracts in November 2010, Imrul Kayes was given a grade B contract.

In 2017, in the second test against New Zealand after Mushfiqur Rahim got head injury in the first test, Imrul Kayes served as a substitute wicket-keeper and he had 5 dismissals in an innings, which is also the most for any substitute wicketkeeper in an innings of a test and was also the first substitute wicket-keeper to take 5 test catches.

On October 21, 2018, Imrul Kayes scored a career best 144(140) against Zimbabwe in the first ODI, tying it with second most by a Bangladeshi batsman in an ODI along with Mushfiqur Rahim. After the concluding third ODI, Imrul Kayes had scored 349 runs in the series with scores of 144, 90, and 115, respectively, which would help Bangladesh whitewash Zimbabwe in the series. He accomplished the feat of making the second most runs in a bilateral three match ODI series, just 11 runs shy from current record holder Babar Azam.

In May 2021, he was named in Bangladesh's ODI preliminary squad for their home series against Sri Lanka, since he last played an ODI against the West Indies in 2018.

2011 World Cup

Bangladesh failed to progress beyond the group stage of the 2011 World Cup; Imrul Kayes was Bangladesh's leading run-scorer in the tournament with 188 runs at an average of 37.60. During the tournament, he produced two Man-of-the-Match performances, striking fifties against England and the Netherlands to help Bangladesh to victory on each occasion, though he felt bowler Shafiul Islam deserved the first award instead. With Manjural Islam Rana he became just the second Bangladesh player to win consecutive Man-of-the-Match awards in ODIs.

Domestic career

The BCB founded the six-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in 2012, a twenty20 tournament to be held in February that year. An auction was held for teams to buy players, and Imrul Kayes was bought by the Sylhet Royals for $50,000. He scored 102 runs from 7 innings in the competition. In April the BCB upgraded Imrul Kayes' central contract from grade B to grade A. In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Comilla Victorians team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League. In November 2019, he was selected to play for the Chattogram Challengers in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League.

Personal life

Imrul I was born on 2 February 1987 in the Meherpur upazilla of Khulna district of Bangladesh. He was married to Rubaiya Islam on 14 September 2011. The couple has a son named Shohayb Bin Kayes.

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