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Sharif and Sharma optimistic about ‘young team Bangladesh’ in Road Safety World Series

Senior Bangladesh team member Mohammad Sharif (L) and coach Rahul Sharma. Photo: Collected


Senior Bangladesh team member Mohammad Sharif (L) and coach Rahul Sharma. Photo: Collected

Former Bangladeshi pacer Mohammad Sharif has expressed his excitement to be part of the second edition of the Road Safety World Series, which will kick off in New Delhi from September 10.

Last year, Bangladesh played under Mohammad Rafique and lost all five matches with the former Indian players winning the title. This time, however, Bangladesh will participate with a relatively younger squad.

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Sharif, one of the players on the squad leaving for India today, said he was looking forward to the tournament.

“I played in the tournament last year. We didn’t do well last year because we didn’t know much about the tournament itself. former players.

“This time, the organizers asked us to form a team with relatively younger retirees. The team is better than the previous one in terms of physical condition. All the teams have, in fact, strengthened their sides and the interest of the people has also increased.. We hope we can do better this time,” Sharif told the media yesterday.

Eight teams will take part in the series this time around, with Australia and New Zealand the new inclusions. Sachin Tendulkar is India’s star player while Brian Lara will headline the West Indies team.

Bangladesh team coach Rahul Sharma has changed the squad drastically leaving out Rafique, Khaled Mahmud, Javed Omar, Hannan Sarkar, Nafees Iqbal, Rajin Saleh and Mushfiqur Rahman Babu. They were replaced by Alok Kapali, Shahadat Hossain Rajib, Tushar Imran, Dhiman Ghosh, Dollar Mahmud, Abul Hasan Raju, Iliyas Sunny and Najmus Sadat.

Apart from them, some of the players who played last year such as Abdur Razzak, Alamgir Kabir, Aftab Ahmed, Khaled Mashud, Sharif, Mehrab Hossain and Mohammad Nazmuddin are also in the team, which will be led by the hockey coach Mamunur Rashid, like last year. The team captain has yet to be chosen.

Rahul Sharma said he was looking to work with ex-Bangladesh players. “My job as a coach is to form a balanced team and I know there is not a lot of work to do individually with these great players. We will try to enjoy the tournament and hope to bring a positive result.”

The tournament will be held at four venues with the final scheduled for October 1.

“We want to raise awareness about road safety through this initiative. It is a worthy cause and we are all proud to be associated with this cause,” Sharma added.