Sabbir Rahman thanked his Bangladesh team-mates and management for showing faith in him as he scored his maiden ODI century, albeit in a losing cause, against New Zealand in Dunedin.
Rahman hit 102 off 110 balls but couldn’t avoid a series whitewash as Bangladesh only managed 242 chasing 331 to lose the series 3-0.
On a personal front, it was a satisfying match for Rahman who is back in the national team after an earlier-than-expected comeback from the six month ban imposed on him in September 2018 by the Bangladesh board for allegedly threatening a fan on social media.
After the game, Rahman thanked the team and captain Mashrafe Mortaza for believing in him.
“I am happy to make my maiden ODI hundred, and more so due to the fact that it helped to repay the faith that all my team-mates and the officials had in me,” Sabbir was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
“I am thankful to Mashrafe bhai and to every single individual who had supported me through thick and thin. Their moral support was extremely helpful.”
Sabbir dedicated his century to his parents for giving him strength during his off-field issues.
“I dedicate my century to my father and mother as they were beside me all through when I was passing through some torrid time due to all the things that had happened during the last couple of months,” he added.
Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI series in New Zealand after injuring his left ring finger.
Shakib – leading Dhaka Dynamites – was hit on the finger by Comilla Victorians’ Thisara Perera during the final of the Bangladesh Premier League on Friday and it was later found to be a fracture. Comilla eventually won the final by 17 runs thanks to an unbeaten 141 from Tamim Iqbal.
“An x-ray was done after the match and the results have confirmed a fracture on the left ring finger. The affected area will now have to be immobilised for around three weeks,” BCB physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
According to the report, it’s not the same finger that Shakib injured and got operated last year.
The three-match ODI series begins in Napier on February 13. That series will be followed by a three-match Test clash – beginning in Hamilton from February 28 – and Shakib might miss those matches as well.
Bangladesh star all-rounder Mashrafe Mortaza is enjoying a stellar week on and off the field. At the end of last year, Mortaza became the first active Bangladesh cricketer to be elected to the national parliament after winning the Narail-2 seat with 96 per cent of the votes.
Mortaza went right back to cricket and has shown great form in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League. He picked up two wickets in his first game of the tournament and in his third match , captaining Rangapur Riders, Mortaza decimated a star-studded Comilla Victorians team by picking up 4-11 from his four overs on Tuesday.
Mortaza picked up the scalps of Tamim Iqbal, Evin Lewis, Imrul Kayes and Australian batsman Steve Smith – for a duck – as the Victorians were eventually blown away for 63. It was Mortaza’s best effort in T20 cricket, bettering his previous figures of 4-19.
Mortaza has been having a great time as captain. He led the Tigers to the final of the Asia Cup against India in the UAE where they lost off the last ball of the tournament. He also captained Bangladesh to a home ODI series win over the West Indies in December.