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No former cricketers in Athar Ali’s best Bangladesh XI


Athar Ali Khan, a well-known cricket commentator, popularly known as ‘Voice of Bangladesh’ came as a special guest on Bdcrictime on Friday (June 19). At one point in the live chat, he was asked to make best Bangladesh XI according to his choice.

No former cricketers in Athar Ali's best Bangladesh XI

With no surprise giving the captaincy role to Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Athar made some surprise pick in his XI.

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The commentator saw several generation of Bangladesh cricketers from very close. Sometimes as a teammate, sometimes as a selector, sometimes as a commentator, he evaluated cricketers in different roles. However, the most surprising part of his player’s selection was he didn’t put any former cricketer in his Bangladesh XI.

Athar explained the reason behind of his formation of this XI and apologized even if others didn’t like it. Because in his eyes these cricketers are the best among all. They’re contributing the nation a lot and will also contribute in the future. He placed several young cricketers in his XI. He believed that these young cricketers would bring much more to Bangladesh.

He picked young Liton Das with veteran Tamim Iqbal for the opening slot. Then there had been Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim respectively. At no. 5, he selected all-rounder Soumya Sarkar who generally is an opener. Besides, Athar opted for Mohammad Mithun and Mahmudullah Riyad for next two position.

Then, Mohammad Saifuddin was picked as an all-rounder in the XI. The bowlers of Athar’s Bangladesh XI are- Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman.

Athar Ali Khan’s best Bangladesh XI:

Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman.

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