Indian cricket website cricketcountry.com interviewed Malek
, the opening batsman of the Bangladesh's Blind Team after a match against New Zealand at the Blind T20 World Cup 2017 at MIG Club in Bandra, Mumbai.
“No, I am not aware that I broke Chris Gayle’s record,” Abdul Malek told the interviewer with a laugh.
“It was not like I had thought of scoring this much. It just went out to bat and continued with my rhythm.”
Gayle scored a 175 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013.
Malek slammed an unbeaten 180 from 71. He comes under the B2 category of blind cricketers (partially blind).
On February 3, Malek’s 180 not out against New Zealand, included 33 boundaries and helped Bangladesh post 330 for 2.
Bangladesh downed New Zealand by 90 runs in that match.
Malek told cricketcountry.com he was born with normal eyesight. In 2008, his vision started fading.
“I was in my first year of Higher Secondary Education, my age was probably 17 or 18 and from there on, slowly my vision began getting low,” he said.
He also lost his father in the same year.
Malek had not played cricket at any level before he started losing his vision. He learned about Blind Cricket in 2010. “Actually, from 2010 I started playing Blind cricket and before that, I never knew about its existence. I had played tape/tennis ball cricket before but never played at any level.”
“I never thought that I would represent Bangladesh team at this level and will sing the national anthem Amar Shonar Bangla. I never thought that I would get to wear this Bangladesh jersey. Nothing can be better than this.”
Blind cricketers do not earn much and according to Malek, earning does not bother them.
“We do not earn much and all we earn is from these tournaments. But if we win this tournament then I can hope something. Also, the team spirit among ourselves is the biggest motivation for us. Our coach is a great, he is like a guardian to us and his efforts are lot more than ours. And things like money do not matter when we enter the field. Yes it does matter when we are outside the field but after wearing the jersey and singing the national anthem, nothing matters and nothing can come in our way.”
Malek’s favorite player is Mashrafe Mortaza, who he described as a very good and honest person. His second favourite is India’s Virat Kohli.
Malek was also the part of Bangladesh team in the 2016 Asia Cup, where Bangladesh lost to India in the finals at Kochi.