In the context of cricket, it is just a T20 exhibition match. But in the context of respect and tribute, this game is beyond everything. Every year Bangladesh Cricket board remembers the stupendous sacrifice of uncountable martyrs who shed their own blood to free this country. The teams of the victory day exhibition game are named after only two martyr sport-person, but above all this game is the homage to all the freedom fighters.
Shaheed Mushtaq XI beat Shaheed Jewel XI by 6 wickets in today’s match. But result is trifle in the context of the match. This match is also a get-together of former Bangladeshi players. Rather than competing each other, the players of the team greatly enjoyed the companies of others with whom they have played years ago to diminish opponent.
Shaheed Mushtaq XI invited Shaheed Jewel XI to batting after winning the toss. Aminul Islam Bulbul, the centurion of the first test of Bangladesh, played an unbeaten knock of 36 runs. The first international centurion Mehrab also played a fine knock of 28. They have managed to score 145 runs in the stipulated 20 overs losing 5 wickets.
Chasing the total, Shaheed Mushtaq XI made a good start. Naimur Rahman Durjoy, the skipper of the first test of Bangladesh, made a great knock of 38. Harun Ur Rashid Liton, Mohammad Rafique and Habibul Bashar all made good start, but could not capitalize the momentum. Then Minhajul Abedin Nannu took the responsibility. He guided the team to the victory with 4 balls remaining and 6 wickets in hand. Minhajul was unbeaten on 48 and Akram Khan was on 13.