Emergency call did surprise me: Farhad Reza
By Bipin Dani
“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.
“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.