Tuesday, 29 November, 2022

Envoy reflects on mutual love of Australians, Bangladeshis for cricket

Envoy reflects on mutual love of Australians, Bangladeshis for cricket
Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Jeremy Bruer is seen along with the players of Bangladesh national cricket team at his residence on Thursday. —AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION, BANGLADESH PHOTO

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Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Jeremy Bruer and a large group of well-wishers have farewelled the Bangladesh national cricket team before leaving Dhaka to compete in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2022 in Australia, reports UNB.

Speaking at the event at his residence on Thursday, the high commissioner reflected on Australians’ and Bangladeshis’ mutual love of cricket.

He said it was fitting the Bangladesh team was visiting Australia during the year-long celebrations of 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

“I am confident the team will receive a great welcome In Australia,” said the High Commissioner.

“You won’t be short of friends there -- especially now that Australia is home to around 80,000 people with a Bangladeshi background,” he added.

State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell, MP took the opportunity to wish the best to Bangladesh and Australian cricket teams in World Cup.

“Now Bangladesh are a glamorous name in the fields of sports globally. Football, cricket, hockey, archery, swimming and many other games are very popular and promising here,” Zahid said.

“We have achieved the outstanding glory of being world champions in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2020. Very recently, our national women’s football team have clinched the SAFF Women’s Championship in Nepal,” he said.

He hoped Australia and Bangladesh would meet in the World Cup final.

State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, heads of diplomatic missions, senior representatives of the Bangladesh government, representatives of the business community, and players of Bangladesh team among others were present at the event.