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Mashrafe Bin Mortaza: Hero Forever

Mashrafe Bin Mustafa the charismatic cricket Icon of Bangladesh is going to contest in the ensuing national election. He is going to contest on behalf of ruling alliance led by Bangladesh Awami League.  BCB policy makers do not considered him for test for his bruised, battered legs from several surgeries. He himself has retired from T20 international. He only plays One day International. He is the highest wicket taker of Bangladesh in ODI and Bangladesh is a competitive team in ODI under his dynamic leadership. Apart from a great cricketer, inspirational leader, he is a great human being. His cricket career is at its fag end. Many think he is may retire after the ensuing World Cup in England in mid 2019.

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Mashrafe is an adult citizen of Bangladesh. He is not a government servant and he is not working in any statutory body as its employee. There is no provision in Bangladesh constitution that prevent a national cricketer contesting in the national election. It is constitutional right of an adult Bangladeshi contesting for national election for any party. Being involved in social activities and committed to the ideals of the liberation war Mashrafe has taken the right decision for joining politics.

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Mashrafe’s decision for contesting the election for the ruling party however could not please all the Bangladeshis. It is very natural as everyone is not follower of the political party that Mashrafe has opted to represent. But why persons should abuse him in social media? How can forget his great contribution for Bangladesh? A person who can hardly walk comfortably runs in a leads the attack of Bangladesh against formidable opposition with his bruised and strapped legs. How wonderfully he has gelled the team together. He inspires each and every member of the team squeezing out the best in everyone. People must not devaluate his peerless contribution so easily?

 

Another school of thought suggest Mashrafe should have entered politics after retirement though few cricket stars joined active politics earlier as an active player. Mashrafe is not Playboy Cricketer Imran Khan. Only fools would compare him with Imran Khan and his way of doing politics. Mashrafe is not going to play till 2024 when the next election will be due.  Bangladeshis are so strange that people would forget his contribution once he retires. How many people remembers Amiul Islam Bulbul or Omar Khaled Rumi or Jahangir Shah Badsha? Considering the circumstances and situation Mashrafe in my opinion has taken the right decision for joining politics now.

We all know he started doing social activities for sometime now. He is doing social works in Narail and has dreams for turning it to a model district. Mashrafe is a honest professional and very committed. Bangladesh needs honest persons like Mashrafe coming into politics.

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Now come to situation why Mashrafe opted to appear on behalf of Awami League? Mashrafe has time and again expressed his commitment for the ideals of the liberation war. He has deep respect for the liberation war heroes. Which other party in Bangladesh is more committed to the ideals of the liberation war? Who other than Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has done more for the cause of establishing the ideals of the liberation war? Judging all these it is my considered opinion that Mashrafe has taken the right decision and timely decision.

As far as his attention and commitment for cricket Mashrafe would play for Bangladesh even if he has to come out from ICU and run one legged. I am sure election campaigning or responsibility as elected MP would not be a disincentive for him in representing and leading Bangladesh team with the same intensity.

WISH MASHRAFE BIN MORTAZA ALL THE BEST In Cricket and then after in national election. A HERO IS ALWAYS A HERO.

-Saleque Sufi

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