Tuesday, 30 November, 2021

Pakistan team should be sent back with the flag: Dr Murad Hasan

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 17th November, 2021 12:16:56 PM
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Pakistan cricket team's decision to hoist its national flag in the Mirpur ground in Dhaka during a practice session on Tuesday has created a huge controversy ahead of the three-match T20 series.

Many Bangladeshi fans took the move as a political message during the year of golden jubilee celebrations of the nation's independence.

Like many others, State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Murad Hasan came up heavily over the issue.

While talking over the issue in Chattogram on Tuesday, he said the Pakistan team should be sent back with the flag.

"Pakistan cricketers hoist their national flag (moon, stars) during practice. This is not acceptable under any circumstances. I can't support it in any way,” he said.

The minister said, "Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's daughter and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken Bangladesh cricket to a new high through various initiatives. Pakistan team’s practice hoisting  national flag in Dhaka is a great blow to our national spirit  at a time when Bangladesh is celebrating golden jubilee of its independence from Pakistan and Mujib Borsho marking birth centenary of Bangabandhu".

Soon after the controversy came to light, the Pakistan Cricket Board said they have adopted the decision of planting the national flag during practice sessions for the past two months.

"(Pakistan) coach Saqlain Mushtaq launched the practice to boost the team's morale," visiting team manager Ibrahim Badizi said.

The Pakistan cricket team arrived in Dhaka on Monday for the three T20 Internationals which begins in Dhaka on November 19.