Ismail Dawood joined Glamorgan in 1998 as understudy to Adrian Shaw having previously had a spell with Northamptonshire between 1994 and 1995, as well as Worcestershire from 1996 to 1997.
The Dewsbury-born wicket-keeper had previously been on the Yorkshire Academy, besides playing for England Under-19 against India in 1994, the West Indies in 1994/95 and South Africa in 1995. Whilst with the Welsh county, Ismail showed that he was also a very capable lower-order batter, and during 1999 he recorded a maiden first-class hundred by making 102 against Gloucestershire at Cardiff after being promoted to open the batting after injury to other players.
With the emergence of Mark Wallace as a young wicket-keeper and batter, Ismail was released at the end of the 1999 season. He duly played for the next eight years in Minor County cricket, appearing for Herefordshire until 2006, and then Cheshire. During this time Ismail also studied at the University of Bradford and played for both the Leeds-Bradford MCCU team as well as British Universities.
In 2009 Ismail joined the reserve umpires list and until 2014 stood in 16 first-class and 14 List A games. A qualified surveyor and project manager, he is still playing in the Bradford Premier League for Hanging Heaton CC.
Born – Dewsbury, 23rd July 1976
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 102 v Gloucestershire at Sophia Gardens, 1999.
In List A cricket – 57 v Essex at Chelmsford, 1998.