In a country that has seen cricket dominate the sporting headlines for many years, football is another name of passion and madness among the people of races here, especially when the FIFA World Cup is less than a month away to be kicked off.
Even cricket is the dominant sport across South Asia, but like India, in Bangladesh too, cricket-mad peoples goes crazy in support of South American giants.Every FIFA World Cup makes Bangladeshi people conspicuously crazy for football. They decorate their homes, offices, factories, markets and vehicles with the flags of favourite teams who will be playing in the biggest football event.
Some drapes huge banners over the front of their buildings - and most of them are the blue and white of Argentina.
Like most of the Bangladeshi people, a number of national cricketers also support Argentina and Brazil. But Bangladesh’s dependable batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was disappointed as his favourite football team Netherlands did not qualify for the World Cup 2018.
Musfiq on Tuesday attended his Facebook fan page’s anniversary programme in a restaurant in the capital where he wore a Barcelona cap. When he was asked about his favorite player and team, Mushfiq ensured he is a big fan of Argentine football star Lionel Messi.
“I went to perform the Umrah few days ago and that’s why I wear a cap. Unfortunately my favourite football team Netherlands did not qualify for the world cup. But I am a big fan of Messi. I wish Argentina will go far. I want to watch more Messi’s matches. I think the best team will win the World Cup,” Mushfiq said.
The Dutch, perhaps one of the biggest names not to qualify. They will be missing for a second consecutive big tournament. They failed to qualify for EURO 2016 with a 4th place finish in their qualification group.When cricket-mad Bangladeshi peoples will go crazy to support their football teams, Bangladesh cricket team will be busy with their international duty.
Tigers are scheduled to play against Afghanistan and West Indies in May to July. Their first focus is the forthcoming Afghanistan series which is scheduled to be held from May and spin-friendly track Dehradun in India will host all three T20s where all eyes will be on Afghan trio spin wizards specially their spin sensation Rashid Khan, who has been doing consistently well since his international debut.
Bangladesh’s dependable batsman Mushfiqur Rahim few days ago said Bangladesh will face tough challenge against Afghanistan and leg-spinner Rashid Khan is a major threat for oppositions.
Mushfiq said he is personally working with Jubair Hossain Likhon at net practice sessions as a part of preparation before facing Afghan’s spin wizards. By the time he hailed Jubair’s spin development.
“There are some similarities between Jubair and Rashid Khan. Jubair delivered some quick deliveries which was almost similar to Rashid. This practice helped me a lot before Afghanistan series.
“We have enough quality batsmen who can cope up with quality attack. This is going to be an exciting series,” he added.