March 17, 2007

Bangladesh will be playing for Manjarul

The Daily Star has the story of Manjarul Islam Rana, the young Bangladeshi all rounder. Manjarul scored an unbeaten 89 and took two wickets in a club cricket match in Khulna yesterday. While returning to home from the ground a tragic motor bike accident killed him and fellow cricketer Sajjadul Islam Setu.

(The picture courtesy the Daily Star: After his brilliant all-round show that gave Bangladesh A their only victory against visiting England A on March 11, Manjarul Islam Rana (2nd L) leaves the ground)

The news came as a shock to the Bangladesh team in the Caribbean and the boys were really upset. Some of them were crying as the amicable Manjarul was close to his team members. The 22 years old had appeared in six Tests and 25 one-day internationals for Bangladesh. He was deemed to be the replacement of the veteran left arm spinner Mohammad Rafiq who is playing his last World Cup.

In a team meeting the Bangladesh decided to dedicate their world cup mission to Manjarul. A mourning Bangladesh want to win today's World Cup Group B tie against India as a tribute to team mate Manjarul Islam according to skipper Habibul Bashar.

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan writes in Cricinfo the five reasons why beating Bangladesh may not be easy for India.

Good luck Bangladesh. Do it for Manjarul.


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