Expatriate youngsters to play in County

Sports Correspondent

25 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladeshi origin cricketers will play in the English County Cricket league very soon, revealed Shahidul Alam, Capital Kids Cricket Executive, an organization that works with London school cricket.

Expatriate Bangladeshis are doing great in England’s age-level cricket, which is in the evidence of Robin Das’s inclusion in the Essex Second XI, through which he hogged the headlines.

Bangladesh Head Coach Steve Rhodes had the first-hand experience with those Bangladesh origin cricketers and he was immensely pleased with how they progressed.

He is impressed with 15 year old leg spinner Tahmid Ahmed as he came to Bangladesh’s practice session.

Alongside him, 17 years old Ahnaf Ullah has also performed well in the nets. The left-handed fast bowler Ahnaf is really talented but can’t practice more than a day in a week.

Because it’s difficult for his father Ibad Ullah to pay for his practice alongside the educational expenses of the youngster. For this, he decided to send Ahnaf back to Bangladesh. Shahidul believes Ahnaf will do great in Bangladesh cricket too.

Ahnaf grows up idolising Bangladesh left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman. Shahidul pinned high hope on his young apprentice Ahnaf.

“I hope he will be able to play competitive cricket in Bangladesh. I think he will be able to compete with the Under-18 in Bangladesh,” said Shahidul.

Shahidul, known as Ratan in Bangladesh’s cricket fraternity has been living in the UK since 2008. He played for Bangladesh in 1990. After that, he decided to become a coach. He believes Bangladeshi cricketers will dominate the English County cricket someday.