On the eve of Bangladesh’s first Test tour of England we caught up with stars Mohammad Ashraful and Khaled Mashud during training. Both players were quietly confident of putting up a good show.
Mohammad Ashraful burst on to the scene as the youngest ever Test centurion in 2001 and has never quite fulfilled his promise but is still capable of playing one absolute gem of an innings per series. Audacious, irrepressible and cocky, he is just the type to get up the noses of the opposition.
Ravi Shastri and Wasim Akram say Khaled Mashud is the best pure wicket-keeper in the world. A tough competitor, he has never quite done himself enough justice with the bat, but is a man for a crisis for sure. Highly respected by his team-mates and opponents.
Both players have much to contribute to Bangladesh cricket in the years to come and stand as examples of what can be achieved in a very short space of time given talent and application. They are literally Development Programs in action.
Mohsena Hassan, Media Manager of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, asked them the following questions on our behalf:
How do you feel when ever you walk out on to the playing field for Bangladesh?
Mohammad Ashraful: “I feel good thinking that I am playing for the country.”
Khaled Mashud : “I feel proud to represent my country when I walk out to the playing field.”
Who has been your toughest opponent and why?
Mohammad Ashraful: “Australia, as they have players like McGrath and Gillespie in their team.”
Khaled Mashud: “It has to be Australia. They are the best and hardly have any major weaknesses.”
Why do you like cricket so much? What makes it such a great game?
Mohammad Ashraful: “I love cricket for the love it gives people and the fame it brings to our country. It gives me an opportunity to contribute. Cricket is a great game because it teaches so much about yourself.”
Khaled Mashud: “I enjoy cricket for the excitement, the passion of the crowd, the drama and the contest. I also appreciate the discipline of the game.”
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