Emergency call did surprise me: Farhad Reza

By Bipin Dani 

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s sudden hamstring injury paved way to Farhad Reza inclusion in the national squad for the Sri Lanka tour. 

Farhad Reza played his last ODI in 2011 vs Pakistan
Farhad Reza played his last ODI in 2011 vs Pakistan

“I was preparing to go to bed after a day’s game in Bangladesh and suddenly my mobile rang. It was a call from our chief selector (Minhajul Abedin Nannu), who informed me about my late inclusion in the squad”, the 33-year-old Reza, speaking exclusively over telephone, said.

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“Honestly, it was a surprise call but not that out of the blue as I was already in the standby list even for the World Cup”.

“It is indeed sad and I feel sorry for Mortaza bhai who has to miss the tour and my selection in this situation. He (Mashrafe Mortaza) is a great captain and inspirational to the boys”, Reza added.

In fact, Reza, if included in the final eleven would play his 35th ODI after a gap of nearly eight years.

“I have performed well at the domestic level and it will be a challenge for me to perform well in the series”, Reza added.

Reza had made his international debut in 2006 (ODI against Zimbabwe at Harare). He was the first Bangladeshi to score a fifty – off just 57 balls – on debut.

Had he not risked and joined rebel ICL (Indian Cricket League), he would have played more for Bangladesh.

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