In Pakistan, we don’t have clubs like Bangladesh: Wasim Akram
Bangladesh’s domestic league club Abahani surprised everyone by bringing Pakistan star Wasim Akram, one of the best bowlers of that time in the 1990s. Many big foreign players have played in the Dhaka Premier League before him. However, they rarely aroused insanity like this left-arm pacer of Pakistan.
Akram Khan, Minhajul Abedin and Khaled Mashud were guests on Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal’s regular Facebook live on Tuesday (May 19). Wasim joined at one stage as a guest. The left-arm pacer, who played four matches in the 1995 edition of the Dhaka Premier Cricket League, said the story behind coming to play in that tournament.
“First, I wanted to see the interest in cricket in Bangladesh. I remember, my good friend Kamal Bhai (Mustafa Kamal) hurriedly invited me to come play. I said, I don’t have time.”
“He said, ‘You must come, play in the Abahani-Mohammedan match.’ I had no idea how it could be.” In Pakistan, we don’t have clubs like you guys have, in cricket, football, hockey. So much passionate,”
Akram Khan reminded Wasim that the first match was against Brothers Union. The present Bangabandhu National Stadium was full of spectators that day. Wasim was shocked even after getting a hint of something like that before.
“The stadium was full of people! I was surprised to see so much interest in cricket. I have heard before from cricketers who play club cricket in Bangladesh, the field is full of spectators, everyone here loves the game. But I didn’t think cricket was such a big deal in Bangladesh,” Wasim concluded.