Opener Imrul Kayes and West Indian Desmond Haynes have a similarity as both were extremely talented opening batsmen and played a key role for their sides but the limelight was always hogged by their more illustrious partners. He was the leading one-day scorer for Bangladesh in 2010 with 867 runs. He was first introduced to batting when his father Mohammad Bani Amin Biswas made a bat for him when he was in primary school. He never dreamt of becoming a cricketer until he was picked to play for Meherpur against a Rajshahi academy team when after the match coach Tanzib Ahsan Saad told him to continue his game. This word of advice had such a long lasting effect on him that after passing the SSC exam he went to Rajshahi to complete his HSC and also to hone his skills at the that academy. He played for Young Pegasus in the third division league and scored a double century against BKSP in 2002 that paved his way to get into a first division team and then the Dhaka Premier League. Soon he was included in the academy team of Bangladesh and made his mark in a four-day match against South Africa Academy side in 2007 with a sparkling 152 runs in Jessore only to declare he was here to stay. He also scored 113 runs in a one-day game of that series to prove that both forms of the game suit him. ‘I want to play for the national side for a long time and someday want to lead the side,’ said Kayes.