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Masakadza: Mashrafe's life such an inspiration

  • Published at 11:23 pm September 20th, 2019
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Zimbabwe's Hamilton Masakadza waves to the crowd following their fifth T20I of the tri-series against Afghanistan in Chittagong Friday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Hamilton Masakadza and Mashrafe bin Mortaza were teammates at Kalabagan Krira Chakra in the 2016 season of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League and it is there that the Zimbabwean told Mashrafe to write a book on his life and cricket career

Retiring Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza has heaped praise on Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza, appreciating the impact the Tigers captain have had on Bangladesh cricket over a long period of time.

Masakadza and Mashrafe were teammates at Kalabagan Krira Chakra in the 2016 season of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League and it is there that the Zimbabwean told Mashrafe to write a book on his life and cricket career.

“A lot of sweet memories for me in Bangladesh. Playing in Dhaka League and meeting so many players was a good memory. One of the standout memory is to play with Mashrafe in club cricket. I think lot of people don’t know his story and lot of people don’t know what he has gone through. I remember once I was talking to him and said, ‘Listen you need to write a book on your life and your experience',” Masakadza told the media at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium after the fifth T20I of the tri-nation series between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan Friday.

“It’s such an inspiration. I think people don’t know what he has given to Bangladesh cricket as a whole. So it was a really good moment for me to spend time with him and play together in Dhaka League,” the right-handed batsman added.     

In contrast, the 36-year old, who made his international debut for Zimbabwe as far back as 2001, commenting on his bitter experience in Bangladesh said, “Bitter experience will be the first team to lose a Test series in Bangladesh. We lost that series when Bangladesh were still struggling.”