Former Pakistan captain and cricket superstar Wasim Akram insisted that Bangladesh came a long way and improved immensely in cricket.
He joined a Facebook Live on Tuesday night with Tamim Iqbal and three former captains- Minhajul Abedin, Akram Khan and Khaled Mashud Pilot.
Tamim started the show with Minhjul, Akram and Khaled, Wasim joined them later as a special guest. He was talked to them for about 15 minutes.
“I played a lot of cricket with these guys (Minhajul, Akram and Pilot), and of course I know these guys very well. When I played in Bangladesh for Abahani, I played with them, I played against them as well. We have always been a very good bunch of friends on and off the field. When I come to Bangladesh to commentate, I hang out with them. Bangladesh has always been very close to my heart,” Wasim told during the Live.
“It was always lovely to go to Bangladesh. It is a very proud moment for me to see Bangladesh improved immensely in cricket. In the last ten to 12 years, Bangladesh improved a lot. Now, they play like the world’s top teams. There are many good players like you (Tamim), Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman,” the Pakistan cricket legend added.
He didn’t miss the chance to joke with three former Bangladeshi captains saying when he played for Bangladesh, their fielding wasn’t that great but now Bangladesh’s fielding is really great. Wasim said Bangladesh is now among the best fielding side of the world.
Wasim played Dhaka League back in 1995 for Abahani when Bangladesh has no notable cricket infrastructure. Despite being the best cricketer in the world, why Wasim had come to Bangladesh and played in this country’s league, what had prompted him to do so; it was Tamim’s first question to the legend.
“The first thing was I wanted to see how Bangladeshis are interested in cricket. There was no thinking of financial gaining. I came because a few of Bangladeshi friends invited me to do so and it was impossible to resist them. I played first game for Abahani (and all of Minhajul, Akram and Pilot were his teammates in Abahani). I saw the field was packed with the spectators. I never thought that cricket is so big in Bangladesh,” Wasim further said. During the conversation, Wasim said he is a big fan of Bengali fish recipe Macher Jhol (fish broth).
Wasim looked back to the memory of their defeat against Bangladesh in the World Cup 1999 when Bangladesh registered their first-ever ODI win against a Test-playing nation.
“Bangladesh was the better team on that particular day. They bowled well. Their slow-medium pace bowlers did well all day. It was very disappointing from the point of view of Pakistanis. But yes, Bangladesh played a good brand of cricket on that day,” Wasim further told.
Wasim was the fourth foreign cricket personality to join Tamim’s Facebook Live what he started with his teammate Mushfiqur Rahim. Faf du Plessis was the first foreign cricketer to join Tamim, and later on, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli were also a part of this show. Tamim announced that in the next episode he will talk to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. The show will be aired on Thursday at 3pm (Bangladesh time).
Newly-appointed Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal continues to offer a surprise to the fans through his social media live show featuring local and international cricket stars. In the latest episode of his show, which is set to be aired tonight at 10:30pm, Pakistan legend Wasim Akram will join Tamim.
In the previous episode, Indian captain Virat Kohli was Tamim’s second guest from India after Rohit Sharma. After the conversation with Virat, Tamim announced that Wasim will be in the next episode.
However, Wasim is not the only guest in the latest show. Three former Bangladesh captains- Minhajul Abedin, Akram Khan and Khaled Masud will also join the programme.
Tamim started this show aiming to entertain the people who are stuck at home due to the ongoing lockdown, which was imposed by the authority to contain the spread of the coronavirus which has taken many lives around the globe.
In the first episode of this program, Mushfiqur Rahim joined Tamim. After that, Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli also featured in the program.
Indian captain Virat Kohli said consistency in training and diet is the key to success. He was the latest guest in the live Facebook session with Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal. After Rohit Sharma, Virat was the second Indian cricket star to join Tamim in this show.
Virat is currently at the top of the table of the best ODI batsmen, and he is also among the top 10 batsmen in Tests and T20Is as well.
At the start of the conversation, Virat shared news about the coronavirus situation in India. He agreed with Tamim saying that both Bangladesh and India are struggling much to tackle the coronavirus situation.
“It’s a slow process. It was needed to take much time to control everything. We have to be patient, and I think the world will never the same. Many things will be changed in the coming days. We have to follow the rules respectfully that the authorities are telling to do. We cannot take it lightly,” Virat said.
“The strong thing is when our people see someone is struggling with something everyone comes up to help. I agree that both countries have many poor people, and we have to help them. We need to take care of our migrant labourers, who are not getting foods and basic needs. The government is now providing them with permission to travel to their native home,” Virat added.
Tamim reminded Virat that he was a different batsman during his early days in international cricket in 2009. But in the next two-three years, he developed a lot.
“When someone comes to play international cricket, he thinks how to go for a good career, sometimes he doubts himself. I was out of the team after a few matches at the start of my career. I got another opportunity in 2009. My confidence had started to build up right then. When I had hit the first century against Sri Lanka I started to believe that I can do it for a longer period of time,” Virat told.
The number-one batsman insisted that mindset is the main thing what can guide a batsman to a good phase of his career. He said no batsmen should think about his opponents much. Instead of doing so, everyone should set up a good mindset for a better result.
“You will have to believe that you can win this game for your team. It doesn’t matter how many matches you have played before. I always think this way. If someone gets out who is more experienced than me, I don’t think that’s how I can do it for my team. I always see it as an opportunity. If someone fails I think I can do it. I can always believe that I can win the game for my team,” Virat further added.
Tamim is not a big fan of training much before the match day. He believes to go and play his game. Virat also came up with the same idea. He said if a batsman maintains consistency in his training and diet and if he feels fit to play, he should go and play in the match day.
“If you keep consistency in your training and diet, and you feel fit and better you can go to the field and be at your best every time. If I get satisfied during a practice session I don’t stay at the net. I never overdo after getting enough practice time,” Virat added.
Tamim will go live on Monday again, and this time, three former Bangladesh captains- Minhajul Abedin, Akram Khan and Khaled Masud Pilot will join him. Along with them, Pakistan legend Wasim Akram will also join them as the special guest.
Bangladesh bowling coach Ottis Gibson said that the former captain Masrhafe should retire now from international cricket and try to find out a new role to help the cricket of the country.
Mashrafe recently said goodbye as the captain of Bangladesh. In the last series against Zimbabwe, Mashrafe appeared for the last time as the Tigers’ captain. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) appointed Tamim Iqbal as the new captain of ODI side.
The 36-year-old pacer failed to prove his old form in the World Cup in England in 2019. He only managed a single wicket in eight games. As per popular belief, Bangladesh cost a lot in the World Cup due to the failure of Masrhafe as a bowler.
Despite being criticized due to his lean show in the international cricket, the right-arm pacer didn’t reveal his plan to call his time. Newly-appointed Bangladesh bowling coach Ottis Gibson believes, Mashrafe might it difficult to have a place in the head coach’s plan for Bangladesh team.
“I think Mashrafe should pass his vast knowledge to the young guys. But it doesn’t require to be in the field to do so. Masrhafe can pass his experience in other ways as well. He should find out that way,” Ottis told the media recently.
“Russell (Domingo) is now planning to build a team for the future. I don’t think he is considering a place for Mashrafe in his future plan. It is probably the time for Mashrafe to retire from international cricket,” he added.
Gibson also said like any other coaches around the world, Russell is also planning to build a good team who can offer a good play in the next World Cup in 2023.
“We have many young guys in the pipeline. We should give them some chances to be considered for the future. We have Shafiul (Islam) Taskin (Ahmed), Saifuddin, Ebadot (Hossain), Khaled (Ahmed) and Hasan (Mahmud) in our team who are yet to get the chance in a regular basis,” Ottis further told the media.
According to Ottis, Bangladesh need to give more chances to the young pacer in order to get expected success while playing abroad. He said: “The young Bangladeshi pacers have skills but they are lacking experience. They hardly get the chance to bowl for a long time in the home, but the scene is different while playing abroad. We need to give them more chances so that they can prepare well for the future."
A bracelet which Mashrafe Bin Mortaza termed as his most favourite was sold at Tk 42 lakh (Approx.USD 50,000) in an online auction on Sunday night.
Bangladesh Leasing and Finance Company Association (BLFCA), an association of financial institutions in Bangladesh, bought the historic bracelet of Mashrafe which was companion for 18 years.
The auction of Mashrafe's memorable bracelet was made through "Auction 4 Action", which also auctioned the Shakib Al Hasan memorable world cup playing successful bat.
The auction price started from Tk 5 lakh (Approx. 6,000 USD) and later it was sold for a record amount of Tk 42 lakh.
The entire money earned from the sale of the bracelet will go to Mashrafe’s ‘Narail Express Foundation’. From there the whole money will be spent for people affected by coronavirus pandemic.
About the auction Mashrafe said, “Many people think that the bracelet is silver. But it is a steel bracelet. My favorite. The entire money from the sale of this bracelet will be spent for people affected by coronavirus. Not only in Narail, I will try to help people in different parts of the country other than Narail.”
Chairman of BLFCA Mominul Islam, who took part in the auction on the behalf of their organisations, said, 'We bought the bracelet for 40 lakh. But, we will pay Tk 42 lakh adding five percent more to the principal amount. However, we would like to gift Mashrafe's bracelet to him again. The bracelet of our favorite captain will be with him. If the situation turns normal, we will handover the bracelet to Mashrafe through a formal ceremony.”
After Mominul Islam’s announcement Mashrafe became surprised and emotional and said, “Thank you Momin Bhai, Thank you very much, I have no pain if you take the bracelet, however, I honour and respect your decision and finally thank you all.”
In his early days of his international career, Mashrafe used to wear a red and green bracelet. Later, he had a new silver bracelet which he has been wearing for 18 years.
Earlier, Auction 4 Action organised the auction of Shakib Al Hasan’s bat which was sold for Tk 20 lakh. Mushfiqur Rahim’s bat was sold for Tk 17 lakh, which was bought by Pakistan superstar Shahid Afridi’s charity - Shahid Afridi Foundation.
Apart from them, Taskin Ahmed, Soumya Sarkar and Akbar Ali also put their cricketing gear for auction for the novel cause.