POST TIME: 21 September, 2019 08:54:38 PM
Zimbabwe give a befitting and winning farewell to Masakadza
He highly praises Mash for his contribution to Bangladesh cricket

Zimbabwe give a befitting and winning farewell to Masakadza

Zimbabwe cricketers give a cricketing guard of honour to their captain Hamilton Masakadza as he steps out to bat his last international match innings against Afghanistan during the tri-nation series match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city on Friday. BCB Photo

Zimbabwean veteran cricketer Hamilton Masakadza put a full stop on his florid 18-year-long international cricket career in Chattogram on Friday with  whom no blood relation with Bangladesh and its people.

But he played so many games here as a part of bilateral series or multi-national tournament or Dhaka cricket league or Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for which a swarm relation has been made with Bangladesh cricketers since his inception in international cricket in 2001.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) didn’t forget to honour this veteran campaigner on his swansong game. Former cricketer and running commentator Athar Ali handed a crest of friendship to Masakadza on behalf of the BCB.

A relation between he and Bangladesh so many cricketers such as Mohammad Rafique and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been made with the source of cricket what he spelled out on the last day of his international cricket.

“We were still playing in the Bangabandhu Stadium. And the main thing I remember that, the wicket was probably the flattest and best batting wicket to bat on anywhere in the world,” he said earlier of the Tri-nation series.

The 36-year-old batsman billed Bangladesh as his second home, stating that he enjoyed the passion of Bangladeshi people for cricket.

“Bangladesh is almost like a second home for me. It’s always a special place in my heart. I have met so many people and made so many friends,” said Hamilton Masakadza.

“It is really a blessing coming to Bangladesh. It is just experience in the country. And playing with the people,” he added.

Recalling some bitter and sweet memories of his career in Bangladesh, he said that it was a really good meeting all the officials and all the people involved.“I think the bitter experience would be to be the first team to lose the Test series here. We lost the Test series when Bangladesh was starting out. Before they got strong as they are now. They beat us in the Test series in 2003/04. That’s really a dull moment in my career,” he said.

“But there’s (also) lots of sweet moments in Bangladesh. Being with the club that I have played for in the Dhaka league, it was really good meeting all the officials and all the people involved,” he added.  

Relation was such that he clearly understood Mohammad Rafique and Mashrafe also got Masakadza. There is a joke with their relation in Bangladesh sports arena. Both played for Kalabagan Krira Chakkra (KKC) in Dhaka Premier League (DPL). The Zimbabwean cricketer has also a good relation with ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.

He termed Mashrafe as inspiration not only for his life but also for the Bangladesh next generation cricketers, and said that he told him to write a book on his cricket career.

“And I think one thing that matter is that playing with Mashrafe. I think not too many people know the story he had been through. I told him to write a book, because his life has been an inspiration,” he said.

“I think he is one guy people don’t realise what he has given. What he has given to Bangladesh cricket. It was really special moments that I spent with him,” he also said.

When asked him if any more chances come to him then he picked bat for which, the right-handed batsman said that he used to play for Zimbabwe.

“I really cherished… those boys are really cherished representing the country. If I was given the choice to start over and do it again, I would definitely grab those chances,” he said, signing off.