World’s leading all-rounder and one of the most prized assets of Bangladesh cricket team Shakib Al Hasan visited Rangpur city and spoke in support of an Awami League (AL) city corporation mayor candidate on Wednesday afternoon.
The programme was organised by the Rangpur City Corporation and held at Rokeya Begum University grounds. Scheduled to start at noon, the programme was delayed by an hour due to overflowing crowds.
Shakib, who was invited to Rangpur by the mayor candidate, spoke and sought votes on behalf of Rangpur City Corporation Mayor Candidate Rashek Rahman, but afterwards drew a backlash from Rashek’s rivals in Awami League.
Expected to talk about cricket, Shakib’s campaign for a political candidate turned many heads, drawing mixed reactions from the local political arena.
Shakib asked the people of Rangpur to vote for him (Rashek), who, he believed, would improve conditions in Rangpur city and turn it into an ideal town.
After the programme, the cricketer and the mayor candidate had lunch at the vice-chancellor’s residence, followed by discussions at the Rangpur Cricket Garden.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Awami League President Shafiqur Rahman sharply criticized Shakib’s speech saying: “Camping for someone and asking people to vote for him (Rashek) is not his (Shakib) responsibility.”