In the 2017 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Zakir Hasan who played for Rajshahi Kings was one of the brightest star. He played 8 mates and scored 169 runs including one half-century.
This young star has revealed his story in a recent interview that his elder brother’s dream was to see him playing cricket.
He said: “My beginning was in 2009. I am a student of BKSP. I have four brothers and I am the youngest one. My all brothers used to play cricket. My brother Mahbub and Mainul still plays cricket in first class and second class respectively. To be honest, my parents weren’t interested in the beginning to see me as a cricketer. Then my elder brother suddenly told me about BKSP. I had no idea about that. Then my brother said Mushfiq and Shakib used to play here. Then I had some idea that I can play in the national team if I go there.”
Zakir also had to face an funny incident during the start of his career: “At the age of 11, I went to Sylhet for trial. The funny thing is after seeing my age and height they didn’t want me in the trail. They told me to come next year. Then my brother requested them that we came from very long distance. After that, they allowed me to give trial. Then I got chance. After trail, there is a training of 1 week in BKSP. I was in the waiting list. Many didn’t go and as a result I got chance to get admitted in BKSP.”
The 19-year old batsman has now passed a lot of hurdles and has make it to Bangladesh’s biggest tournament, the Bangladesh Premier League. Zakir who featured for Rajshahi Kings didn’t get any opportunity in the first four matches and when he got chance finally in the fifth match, he stunned everyone with a blistering innings of 51 runs from just 26 balls against Sylhet Sixers.
When Zakir was asked about that innings, he said: “I had no pressure. I only thought that I will go and try to play well. I had no option in my hand rather than playing well. I didn’t play the first four matches. I knew, I have only one opportunity. I was confident, but I felt no pressure and didn’t think anything.”
The young star also hopes to play for the National team very soon: “I have to still improve a lot. I believe, If I perform well, if not now, I will get chance in the national team in near future In Sha Allah.”