Former Bangladesh Cricket Board president and ICC chairman AHM Mustafa Kamal has claimed that Bangladesh’s ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan, the Test and T20I skippper, will run in general elections this year.
The general elections is expected to take place later this year. The Bangladesh Premier League T20 is most likely to be delayed due to the heat of election in the country.
Mustafa Kamal made a shock announcement on Tuesday that star cricketer Mashrafe would take part in election. He said, “I won’t lie while fasting but I won’t say which Mashrafe will get in the election. I hope everyone will help him in next election.”
He also insisted that Shakib could also take part but he is not expected to run this time. “My vote bank is for those who like cricket. I entered into elections at the age of 48. Everyone including Akram Khan visited my electing area. Now Mashrafe and Shakib will contest at young age.”
However, it is yet to hear anything from both cricketers. If Mashrafe stands up for election, he will contest from Narail while Shakib might contest from Magura.
Cricketers turning up for politics after retirement is not a new thing. Bangladesh’s first Test captain Naimur Rahman Durjoy is an MP. India’s Sachin Tendulkar is also an MP in Rajya Sabha. However, it is still unknown whether any cricketer or sportsman put their hands up for elections in their playing days.