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Rafique eyes to become a national coach


Today’s Bangladesh national set-up is full of star cricketers. The likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Rubel Hossain, Mahmudullah Riyad are household names in the country. But things were not the same in the past.

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Once upon a time, there was only a few cricketers upon whom the team and the spectators could rely. Mohammad Rafique happened to be one of them. He may not have received the super stardom like today’s Shakibs and Tamims, but no denying the fact that he was one of the earliest stars of Bangladesh cricket.

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At his peak, Rafique was not only Bangladesh’s best spinner, but was a force to reckon with even all over the cricket world. But now after decades of his retirement, the new generation is hardly familiar with the name of Mohammad Rafique, and the unbelievables once he achieved.

However Rafiq is still the same passionate person he has ever been, and ready to devote his life for the betterment of cricket in the country. And what could be a better way for a former cricketer to do something for cricket rather than being a coach?

Rafique too believes in the same idealism, and that’s why he is looking to become the spin bowling coach of Bangladesh national cricket team. In a recent interview to a private TV channel, Rafique disclosed his dream of becoming a national coach.

“Maybe I am retired now, but still I want to return to the field — that by becoming a national coach. If the board (BCB) thinks I am good enough to take up the job, I will definitely become one (coach). I am now waiting for the board’s green signal,” said Rafique.

He also added, “When I was gone, Razzak (Abdur) was there to fill in my void. Then came Shakib Al Hasan. And though Razzak is no more a member of the national team, Shakib is still there. But who’s next after Shakib? It’s high time for the board to think about it.”

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com

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