With all sporting activities halted due to coronavirus outbreak, Bangladeshi athletes took to ‘virtual adda’ especially ‘Live chat on Facebook’ which kept them busy and amused fans amid the crisis.
Some Facebook pages especially the fan pages initiated live chat sessions. Bangladesh Football Team, one of the fan pages of country’s football, has been hosting a show titled ‘FB Live ADDA with your IDOL’ for last four weeks. Samrat Mohim Talukder and Maksud Haque hosted twenty interviews with footballers including Bangladesh National Football Team Captain Jamal Bhuiyan, midfielders Mamunul Islam and Sohel Rana, Goalkeepers Ashraful Islam Rana and Anisur Rahman Zico, defenders Topu Barman, Bishwanath Ghosh, Raihan Hasan.The fan page also hosted Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) General Secretary Md Abu Nayeem Shohag, Bashundhara Kings President Imrul Hassan, Head Coach Oscar Bruzon, youngster Kazi Tariq Raihan BFF EC member Amit Khan Shuvro, former striker Zahid Hasan Ameli, former national team goalkeeper Biplob Bhattacharjee.
“We hosted some 25 online discussions with footballers, coaches, club officials and journalists. We are trying to promote footballers and to make football popular in Bangladesh through these chat sessions,” said Samrat Mohim Talukder to daily sun on Friday.
BFF called off the 12th season of country’s top tier professional football competition Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on May 16. BFF hosted an important online discussion titled ‘BPL Players Adda’ on their official Facebook page on May 14 with local booters just two days before that announcement. Ashraful Islam Rana along with other local booters including Mohammedan Sporting Club goalkeeper Mazharul Islam Himel, Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society goalkeeper Rasel Mahmud Liton, Bashundhara Kings midfielder Emon Mahmud, Arambagh Krira Sangha captain Didarul Haque, Chattogram Abahani forward Sakhakawat Hossain Rony, Uttar Baridhara forward Md Sumon Reza, Lt Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd midfielder Omar Faruk Babu, Saif Sporting Club defender Rahmat Mia and Dhaka Abahani captain Nabib Newaz Ziban expressed their respective opinions there.
Apart from these, BFF also hosted discussions with captain Jamal Bhuiyan and women booters including women’s national football team captain Sabina Khatun, Krishna Rani Sarker, Maria Manda, Mishrat Jahan Moushumi, Akhi Khatun and Tahura Khatun.
Country’s prominent sports commentator Mohammad Salahuddin hosted a virtual talk show named ‘Chitchat with Our Football Architect’ with women’s team coach Golam Rabbani Choton, assistant coach Mahbubur Rahman Litu and BFF coach Syed Golam Zilani.
Not just the footballing community, other sports communities also organised online discussions during the lockdown.Country’s cricket community also hosted several online sessions throughout the lockdown. Among those, Bangladesh National Cricket Team captain Tamim Iqbal hosted the most popular series of webinars with world cricket stars Faf du Plessis, Virat Kholi, Rohit Sarma, Kane Williamson, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Rubel Hossain, Mominul Haque, Taijul Islam, Liton Das, former Bangladeshi cricketers Habibul Bashar, Akram Khan, Khaled Mashud Pilot, Naimur Rahman Durjoy, Khaled Mahmud Sujon, Minhajul Abedin Nannu and Pakistani cricket star Wasim Akram.
Cricket-based online web portal Cricfrenzy also initiated a series of online chats named ‘Cricfrenzy Lockdown Live’ with Ricardo Powell, Owais Shah, Paul Nixon, Richard Stonier, Bangladeshi cricketers Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Nasir Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mominul Haque, Al Amin Hossain and owner of BPL club Comilla Victorians Nafisa Kamal.
Apart from these, journalist Noman Mohammed has hosted a series of interviews on his Youtube channel named ‘Not out Noman’ with Mashrafe Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Khaled Mahmud Sujon and U-19 cricket captain Akbar Ali.
An online platform for Bangladeshi golfers, The Golf House, also organised a webinar titled ‘The Golf House Talk: Golfing during amid COVID-19’ with country’s celebrated golfer Siddikur Rahman and India's iconic professional golfer Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia. The duo shared their struggles, experiences, stories and expressed their concerns about future of golf which has been hit hard due to pandemic outbreak worldwide.
Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP) Basketball coach Md Khaled Mahmud Akash also initiated live discussions with basketball players and coaches.