Bangladesh ace all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad believes Mohammad Saifuddin and Afif Hossain, two of the up-and-coming Tigers, are capable of becoming the next big stars of Bangladesh team.
He also noted the name of Mosaddek Hossain, who was one of the best cricketers in the world during this U-19 cricketing days, but he is yet to prove his mettle at the international level.
Mahmudullah joined Tamim Iqbal in an Instagram live on Sunday night, and he made the remarks in that live session.
Tamim started the trend of Insta lives in Bangladesh with his show with Mushfiqur Rahim on Saturday night. The very next night, Tamim managed Mahmudullah for a 40-minute long live show.
“I think Saifuddin has the ability to become a big player in Bangladesh’s set-up. He can play big shots. We also have Afif Hossain. I believe he also has the potential to become a big name. At the same time, we have Mosaddek Hossain as well,” Mahmudullah said when Tamim asked him about who could play the big roles in the lower middle order like him.
In the meantime, Mahmudullah didn’t miss the chance to hail Tamim as the best batsman of Bangladesh. He said: “You are undoubtedly the best batsman of Bangladesh. Almost all of Bangladesh’s batting records belong to you. I believe you will have more in the coming days. I also try to play well in the lower order. Sometimes I deliver well and sometimes I fail. I think I have to work more to perform consistently.
During his early days in the national team, Mahmudullah wasn’t a hard-hitting batsman. He changed his batting style during the 2015 World Cup in Australia, in which, he smashed back to back centuries against England and New Zealand. Mahmudullah said he further developed his batting under the guidance of Bangladesh’s former coach Chandika Hathurusingha.
“It was four years ago when we had a practice camp in Khulna under Chandika. I worked with him personally to develop my mentality and skill-hitting ability. I used to take a few balls right after going to the wicket to gain some confidence. But now, I can play with the same confidence from the very first ball,” Mahmudullah added.
Soumya Sarkar's memorable fastest test century bat and Taskin Ahmed's favourite hat-trick ball have been sold out at Tk 4.5 lakh and at Tk 4 lakh respectively in an online auction on Sunday night.
A bank has bought these two from auction. However, name of the bank is yet to be disclosed.
The entire amount will be spent for the Coronavirus victims of the country.
Soumya decided to put the bat with which he scored his only century in the Test against New Zealand last year on auction. That was a record of fastest century for Bangladesh in Tests. He scored the Test century off just 94 balls.
Taskin Ahmed also announced to put on auction the ball with which he grabbed a great hat-trick in the ODI against Sri Lanka in 2017. Since then, no one picked-up a hat-trick for Bangladesh in ODIs.
Shakib’s bat auction house Auction 4 Action, which sold Shakib's bat at Tk 20 lakh, also auctioned off Soumya’s bat and Taskin’s hat-trick ball last night (Sunday night).
Both Soumya and Taskin joined Auction 4 Action’s Facebook Live during the auction.
The auction house "Auction 4 Action" did not disclose the name of the buyer bank. The name will be announced after receiving the money from the buyer.
Earlier, two former captains of Bangladesh cricket team Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Ashraful will also put their favourite bats on auction. Mushfiqur will put the bat on auction which he had used to score the country’s first double century in the Test cricket.
Ashraful will put on auction his two bats with which he scored the maiden Test century which made him the youngest Test centurion of the world on debut and the bat which he used to score a historical century to beat the then all conquering Australian team.
Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal said he might bid to buy the bat what Mushfiqur Rahim announced to put on the auction to raise money to help the poor people who are left stranded due to coronavirus pandemic.
Tamim and Musfiqur went on an Instagram Live session on Saturday night. They were in a light-hearted mood in the session, and Tamim expressed his desire to buy the bat of Mushfiqur during that Instagram Live.
“The bat will go on auction within a few days through an e-commerce website. The preparation is about to complete,” Mushfiqur told during the live session.
“I would like to the request to all who are capable to buy the bat at a higher price, and this is not for me, but aiming to help the people who are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic,” Mushfiqur added.
Right after this comment, Tamim revealed that he might bid to buy Mushfiqur’s bat.
“To be honest, I have decided to bid to buy Mushfqiur’s bat right after he announced to put his bat on the auction,” Tamim told during the live session.
Earlier, as the first Bangladeshi cricketer, Mushfiqur announced to put his bat, what he used to hit Bangladesh’s first-ever double century in Test cricket back in 2013 against Sri Lanka, to put on the auction.
After Mushfiqur, Shakib Al Hasan had also announced to put his bat on the auction, and subsequently, his bat was sold out by BDT 20 lakh.
Shakib Al Hasan has revealed the name of his second daughter Errum Hasan, eight days after her birth.
The Bangladesh star all-rounder and his wife Ummey Roman Ahmed (Shisir) were blessed with another baby girl on the first day of Ramadan (April 24 ) at an US hospital.
Shakib revealed the name of his second child on his official Facebook page on Saturday.
"On 24th April, the first day of the Ramadan Kareem on a Friday at fajar time we have been blessed with another baby girl, another blessing from Allah SWT and we have named her (Errum Hasan) means (Jannat) because she truly is a piece of heaven Alhamdulillah," Shakib wrote.
Shakib flew to the USA to accompany his wife Shishir. He was in self-isolation for 14 days after reaching the USA.
The couple also has another daughter, Alyana Hasan, who was also born in the USA five years ago.
Currently, the star all-rounder is serving a two-year ban imposed by the ICC for failing to report corrupt approaches made to him.
The southpaw is expected to return to action at the highest level of the cricket in next October.
Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal and former national captain Mushfiqur Rahim come to live on Saturday (May 2) night at 10:30 pm Bangladesh time.
The two Bangladeshi celebrated cricketers will go live for the first time on social media in the Instagram page of Mushfiqur Rahim, after several such appearances by world famed all rounder Shakib Al Hasan and one by Tamim.
In a global Coronavirus situation, a good number of athletes across the world have availed the option of going live on social media to share their updates, memories and some of their unknown stories with their fans, or alert them about the deadly Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Mushfiqur Rahim in his Facebook page invited the cricket fans and lovers to join the live "adda" with him and Tamim Iqbal.
Earlier, Bangladesh's wicket-keeper cum batsman , Mushfiqur Rahim expressed his interest to auction his most beloved double ton bat to raise funds to battle against deadly Coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.
The entire money from the auction will be spent to deal with coronavirus. Auction of cricket equipment for charitable work is rare in Bangladesh. However, during the disaster of the country, Mushfiqur is picking up one of his favorite and historic bats at auction.
Mushfiqur, who hit the first double century in test cricket as the first Bangladeshi batsman,(against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2013) has decided to auction the bat to help the poor people.
Tamim Iqbal also extended his helping hands to the sportspersons around the country who are struggling during the lockdown imposed by the government to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Tamim provided financial aid to 91 athletes from many disciplines including cycling, swimming, gymnast, football, cricket, kabaddi, wushu, and hockey. He also helped some coaches.
Tamim also coordinated the effort of the top cricketers to donate their 15-day salary to the Prime Minister’s fund to help the poor during this pandemic.
All the sporting events are postponed in Bangladesh including cricket. Thousands of sportsperson are now stuck at home.