A solid left handed opening batsman, Imrul Kayes was picked for the national team in 2008 on the back of a successful domestic season where he was the highest run scorer in the Khulna division. At the time Bangladesh were looking for a perfect foil to Tamim Iqbal at the top of the order and Kayes proved to be the ideal man for the job. During the first test against England at Lords in 2010 they put on opening stands of 88 runs and 185 runs.
He scored his maiden ODI hundred against New Zealand at Christchurch in 2010 and followed it up with a string of solid performances in the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Though he spent the next three years out of the national team, in 2014 he announced his return in style by scoring a hundred against Sri Lanka in Chittagong. Kayes also had a successful stint in the Bangladesh Premier League where he played for the Sylhet Royals.