Bangladesh former captain Mushfiqur Rahim paired up with the foundation of Shakib Al Hasan to help the poor people of Bogura, Mushfiqur’s native town.
In a video message published by Shakib Al Hasan’s Facebook page, Musfhqiur Rahim said, “Shakib and I have had many wonderful partnerships on the field. But this one has to be the best one so far.Thanks to Shakib and Shakib Al Hasan Foundation.”
Musfhqiur further said, “Relying on this association, we have successfully provided assistance to more than 350 families in my home town Bogura. I want to thank specially to the ex-students of Bogura Zilla school who helped us along the way. If we work hard to confront the coronavirus pandemic, we will have a good future.”
Mushfiqur also announced to put his bat, what he used to hit Bangladesh’s first-ever double-ton in Test cricket back in 2013 against Sri Lanka, on auction. The E-commerce organization Pickaboo will operate the auction from tonight. The auction will be afloat for four days.
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Shakib had also put his bat, what he used in the World Cup 2019 in England, on the auction and the bat was sold at BDT 20 lakh. Along with Shakib, Taskin Ahmed and Soumya Sarkar also had put a ball and bat to the auction, aiming to raise money to help poor people during the coronavirus pandemic.
ODI captain Tamim Iqbal has also been working hard to help the people across the country. Tamim helped 91 disadvantaged athletes from different disciplines.
Earlier, Mushfiqur provided the health workers in Bogura with the personal protective gears. He had also provided food and daily needs to the people of his area.
Due to the pandemic, all cricketing activities are on hold in Bangladesh. All of the cricketers are passing time at home. BCB recently has said, they are waiting to get a green signal from the government to restart the cricketing season.
Former captain of Bangladesh cricket team Mushfiqur Rahim expressed his desire to see Bangladesh among the top-six teams in all formats of the game.
The 32-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has an average of 36.8 in Tests, 36.3 in ODI and only 20 in T20. He is determined to have a 40-plus average in Test before he retires.
Mushfiq, who will complete 15 years in international cricket this month, talked about his wishes in an hour-long live discussion on Daily Cricket Facebook page on Thursday.
He talked about his journey from being a student from BKSP to becoming ‘Mr Dependable’ of Bangladesh cricket team.
The Tigers are now inches away from the top six slot in the ODI formats, currently ranking at number seven in ODI and eighth in T20 internationals, but their positions in Test cricket continues to be poor at 9th slot.
Bangladesh's position in Tests became more frustrating (10th) if Afghanistan were taken into the account. Afghanistan were not considered for the last ICC ranking as they failed to play required numbers of Tests.
Mushfiq, however, felt that Bangladesh had the chance of making some upward strides in the Test rankings with their scheduled home series against Australia in June (postponed), New Zealand in August and West Indies in next year’s January.
All three of these series are part of the ICC Test Championship, but due to ongoing global coronavirus crisis the series against Australia has already been postponed and the fate of the remaining two series is also uncertain.
Mushfiq was still optimistic that all of these matches will eventually take place and Bangladesh will be able to replicate past good performances against the sides on home soil to get some much needed points in the Test championship and also in the rankings.
"I believe we can make it to the top six", Mushfiq said.
"In the coming days, we will play against Australia, New Zealand and West Indies at home. We have defeated Australia at home before, played well and drew against New Zealand. We defeated West Indies also. We have the potential to be there," he added.
Mushfiq made his debut for Bangladesh at Lord’s in a Test match against England on May 26, 2005. Mushfiq, who was then a 16, shared his memory of debuting for Bangladesh at the sacred ground of cricket.
The dressing room at Lord’s is on the second floor. One has to come down, walk through the long room where all the MCC members sit and then take the stairs outside. It takes almost two minutes.
"When it was my turn to bat, I was pretty nervous. But, once I stepped inside the boundary rope, it was all calm," Mushfiq said.
In that match, Mushfiq scored 19 and three in the two innings but showed glimpses of his batting prowess.
Mushfiq, who currently has a 36-plus average in both ODIs and Tests, wanted to take his Test average over 40 before calling it a day in international cricket.
"And when I sign off, I want to leave with above 40 average in Test matches," he added.
Mushfiq, who earlier announced that he will auction off the bat with which he became the first Bangladeshi double centurion in Tests to help the suffering people during the pandemic, will put up his bat for auction on Saturday (May 9) night at 10pm and the auction will continue till May 14.
Moreover, Mushfiq, who came to live twice on social media within a week, will make his third appearance in Facebook live with the captain of the Under-19 World Cup champions Bangladesh Cricket team Akbar Ali on Saturday (May 9) night at 10pm.
Akbar Ali will also put up his U-19 World Cup winning Jersey for auction on the same occasion for the novel cause of helping Coronavirus victims.
Mushfiq asked affluent people to place the highest bid possible to purchase the bat which will aid him in his various humanitarian activities.
"I am involved with various charity programmes. I support old age homes, I support a school in our locality. I didn’t want to disclose these activities earlier. This bat is very special to me. I am putting it up for auction so that I can help many more people," he said.
Mushfiq also revealed his plan of publishing an autobiography in a year or two.
"I have maintained a habit of writing diary for many years, since I was in BKSP. Hopefully, I will be completing my autobiography soon. In a year or two, it will come out," he added.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is reluctant to resume cricket in the country without a green signal from the government.
Right after the outbreak of the coronavirus, the board stopped all kind of cricketing activities in the country. Along with this, the board adopted work from home policy for some administrative works.
Before the lockdown, cricketers were busy playing in the Dhaka Premier League- country’s most prestigious List-A event. The league had been postponed after the sixth game on March 16. Since then, all the cricketers are passing time at home.
“We want to resume the game in Bangladesh and the cricketers are also hoping for so. But it’s not up to us. At first, we need everything to go back to normalcy. We are waiting for a green signal from the government. We have no plan to bring the cricket back to the field without the government instruction,” Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the BCB CEO, told the media recently.
Not just the domestic cricket, Bangladesh’s international schedules also were also hit hard due to the novel coronavirus. The Tigers were scheduled to tour to Pakistan at the beginning of April, but coronavirus forced this series to be rescheduled in future. Along with this, Bangladesh’s Ireland tour was also postponed indefinitely.
Bangladesh, however, is yet to confirm anything about the Sri Lanka tour which is scheduled in June-July this year. The BCB CEO said, “We have not postponed the Sri Lanka series yet. We are observing the situation in Sri Lanka. To be honest, we are not in a position to talk about the future of this series. We are currently thinking much on the series which are postponed due to the virus.”
Nizamuddin also said the board is thinking to resume Bangladesh’s cricket with the domestic events which are on halt now. At the same time, cricketers are also hoping the board will not cancel this year’s Dhaka League which is the main source of income for hundreds of cricketers who only play in domestic cricket.
Meanwhile, as per the latest update from the authority, more than 11000 people tested positive for coronavirus in Bangladesh while 186 of them died. The country was maintaining strict lockdown but recently, the government decided to ease the lockdown as it permitted shopping malls to reopen on a limited scale and offering prayers at mosques with proper precaution.
Bangladesh’s most successful captain in ODI cricket Mashrafe bin Mortaza is looking forward to his old teammate Tamim Iqbal, also the country’s most accomplished batsman across all formats of the game, finally take the reins of leadership for the Tigers in ODIs.
Accordingly the senior Mashrafe, now serving as a parliamentarian from his home district Narail, shared some tips on the art of captaincy for his old comrade, when he appeared in a Facebook Live “adda” on Monday night hosted by Tamim.
Above all, Mash advised Tamim to listen to his heart while making a decision.
"You will hear a lot of advice from others as captain - 'do this, do that'- but as long as you listen to your heart, you will be able to sleep at night even if you lose," Mashrafe said during the conversation with Tamim.
“You will be unhappy if you had to do what other people told you. I have always believed in this. I won't tell you how to do your captaincy, but you should do what your heart desires. You will have senior cricketers like Shakib, Mushfiq and Riyad around you, but if you listen to your gut feeling, you will be more successful," he elaborated.
Mashrafe, who is effectively retired from the game but hasn’t made any official decision, further said that the Bangladesh team has some 'match-winners' and urged Tamim to back the players.
"Bangladesh's reality is a little different. You have to be patient. If you can make the players understand that you will do everything you can for them, then they will give the best for you," Mashrafe further said.
"I am confident in your ability, it doesn't matter what others are saying. You have match-winners like Soumya, Liton and Mustafiz, so if something is being said about them, you have to handle it carefully," he added.
Mashrafe, who resigned from the ODI captaincy last February, asked Tamim to back the younger players like Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das and Mustafizur Rahman to move forward.
Tamim is a senior player in the Bangladesh side for long, but he has been a bit of a reluctant leader, taking charge only in one Test and three ODIs over the years. But, Mashrafe suggested that Tamim's leadership role off the field would be useful for him in his new position.
"I never really supported your reluctance about the captaincy. Why wouldn't you be the captain? You already have leadership qualities," Mashrafe said. "Whether the BCB will give you the captaincy for a long time, that's up to them. You have to accept it properly.
"You didn't accept the captaincy properly on the Sri Lanka tour last July. But seeing you now, I feel you are on the right track, and Bangladesh cricket will move up to the next step very soon."
Bangladesh’s most successful captain in ODI cricket Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, presently a parliamentarian, revealed his three most memorable wins with the Tigers, among other revelations, as he became old comrade Tamim Iqbal’s latest guest for an online interview broadcast on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
The initiative by Tamim, set to take over as ODI captain, prompted by the lockdown situation amid the coronavirus pandemic, started on Saturday night with Mushfiqur Rahim and then featured Mahmudullah Riyad on Sunday. More styled as an adda or candid but also deep conversation between old teammates, it has been wildly successful so far, and drew fans like a live cricket game.
On Monday, the mutual respect as well as camaraderie between Tamim and Mashrafe was apparent throughout. Mashrafe greeted Tamim as “Captain saheb”, in anticipation of his upcoming assignment.
“There is only one captain in Bangladesh cricket,” Tamim promptly responded, before adding: “You will always be my captain.” Mashrafe went on to reveal how he was actually friends with Tamiom’s older brother, ex-national cricketer Nafis Iqbal, and on that pretext the first time he saw Tamim at their Chittagong house, the younger brother was playing with toy cars, not bat and ball.
In the course of the conversation, it came out that towards the end of his career, Mashrafe stopped buying cricket bats anymore, finding it more convenient to take one or two from Tamim’s collection. The chemistry between them was undeniable, indeed, as it has been with all three guests and Tamim.
“We have won 50 ODIs under your captaincy which is a tremendous achievement. We want to know which three are the most memorable to you?” Tamim asked Mashrafe at one point, clearly a prepared question.
Mashrafe said the World Cup win against England at Adelaide under lights in 2015 is the most memorable win to him - as it is probably for an entire generation of Tigers fans and Bangladeshis - which guided the Tigers to the World Cup Quarterfinals for the first time in their history.
The second most memorable win came against New Zealand in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in Cardiff, Wales in which Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad hit centuries to craft an improbable win from a very difficult position. The win took the Tigers to the Semifinals of the event, itself a first.
As the third most memorable win, Mashrafe mentioned the second match of Bangladesh’s three-match ODI series at home against England in 2016, in which Bangladesh won by 34 runs to keep the series alive on the strength of a solid all-round performance from the skipper. He was awarded man of the match for his 44 runs and 4-wicket haul.
In the Live session, Mashrafe said that Tamim has all the capabilities to lead the team to a good place in world cricket. He stated many stories where Tamim proved his quality of leadership.
“When we tour abroad, Tamim takes the responsibility to arrange our dinners outside the team hotel. He selects the restaurants, he calls taxis. We just follow him along the way. This is what Tamim can do as a leader. I always believe he has the ability to lead the Bangladesh team as well. But Tamim used to love to consider himself as a good vice-captain. It’s good that he now believes that he can lead the Tigers. I’m so happy to see him as the captain of Bangladesh ODI team,” Mashrafe said in the Facebook Live which was seen by about 1 lakh viewers.
Tamim had started out with Instagram Live sessions for the earlier two episodes (Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad). But for Mashrafe, possibly having received the feedback on the first two shows, it was through Facebook as most Bangladesh fans use Facebook. It resulted in a great viewership.
Tamim said he is planning to bring pace-bowling-duo Taskin Ahmed and Rubel Hossain as his next guests on Live in the coming days. The new Bangladesh ODI captain also said he is planning to bring some of Bangladesh’s first-generation international cricketers on Live as well, so that the fans can learn many untold stories from the country’s early cricketing days.