Mashrafe turned down commentary proposal in Eden Test
It was reported a few days ago that the official broadcaster of the India-Bangladesh series, Star Sports, had proposed to MS Dhoni for commentary on the Kolkata Test. If BCCI gives permission to Dhoni, Dhoni may be seen giving a speech at Eden Gardens.
Mashrafe completed 18 years in international cricket as the first cricketer of Bangladesh just a few days ago. It’s been a decade since he didn’t play Tests. He left the International T20 two years ago. Now he plays only ODIs. After the World Cup, he had not played any ODIs due to injury. There is no more one-day internationals before May-June next year. Star Sports wanted to exploit this free time of Mashrafe.
Although not playing, Mashrafe is much busy as a Member of Parliament in his Narail-2 constituency. Mashrafe, however, did not clarify whether he had turned down the offer of commentary due to the busyness. Mashrafe told a national daily in the country,
“I was asked for commentary in the pink ball Test. But I wasn’t interested.”
But he confirmed that he was going to Kolkata to watch the game. ”I hope to stay in Kolkata while playing,” he said.
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) had taken several initiatives to keep this historic test under wraps. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the test by playing the traditional bell of Eden Gardens. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly also invited Bangladesh’s internationally renowned artist, Runa Laila. The legend will sing before the match begins. The CAB had also invited every cricketer in Bangladesh’s debut Test squad to play against India in 2000.