Tuesday, 26 October, 2021

Shamim in front of whole new world

Shamim in front of whole new world
All-rounder Shamim Hossain speaks to TV channels at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday. – Tanvin Tamim

Bangladesh’s new-kid-on-the-block Shamim Hossain was clearly struggling facing one TV channel to another at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.

All the leading TV channels were desperate to get an exclusive bite of the youngster in their respective TV channel and they didn’t mind lining up in a queue during a sunny afternoon at the home of cricket.

 Shamim obliged like an obedient student and that too keeping a smile on his face as he was reluctant to make anyone unhappy and seemed to be well aware the value of media coverage.

After completing all the engagements (six in total) just when Shamim was about to leave on his car another journalist approached him for some time when he politely denied urging that he is hungry and need to take lunch.

“I think I have said the same thing over and over again,” Shamim, who played seven T20Is so far and was named in the T20 World Cup squad, replied to The Daily Sun when his attention was drawn about his new experience.

“There were times when it was difficult to understand the question but you know I have to learn to handle all these things,” he added.

Bangladesh witnessed quite a few talents fading away with the tag of ‘next big thing’ due to lack of performance in the middle after starting their career on a bright note.

In a country where cricket is regarded as one of the most talked about matters, it is obvious that there will be a lot of hype around any star wearing the national jersey but going through the past history only suggest that very few managed to handle the hype.

Bangladesh had seen the rise of Nasir Hossain and Sabbir Rahman and they were considered to be media darlings but both of them failed to live up to the expectations until now and many feel they failed to handle stardom.

Nazmul Abedin, who had worked with cricketers of different generations due to his association with them at the different juncture of their career, feels that the modern trend followed by some youngsters as far as handling the media can have a negative impact on their career.

“Handling the media is an art,” Nazmul told The Daily Sun.

“We have seen many cricketers making a brilliant start but just because they failed to handle stardom faded away without reaching their potential.

 “I have seen Shakib (Al Hasan) and Mushfiqur (Rahim) from a very early stage and I can say this with conviction that they never used the media as they were aware that if they can play they will be on the news,” he added.

Nazmul also said that the young generation cricketers must understand the importance of performing rather than making any gestures that can be termed as self-promotion.

“Look cricketers like Shamim had gone from one level to another and if they can perform they are bound to attract media attention but it will fade away the moment his performance goes down,” he said.

 “These young cricketers are yet to make a permanent spot in the team and now they should be more inclined in fixing their position rather than anything else,” he added.