Mustafizur’s belated Eid

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Bangladesh’s new bowling sensation Mustafizur Rahman returned to his home yesterday to enjoy a break after three gruelling home assignments. Previously, whenever Mustafizur got any break he would go and spend time with his family at his village home in Tetulia of Satkhira, but those trips home were quiet and subdued.

However, the 19-year-old baby-faced assassin’s world has drastically changed over the past three months and that’s why he needed more than five hours just to embrace his parents after landing at the Jessore airport.

“I felt shy at first when I saw that so many people came to the airport to receive me,” said Mustafizur. Near about three hundred fans of different ages boarded one bus, one private car, one pickup truck and three micro-buses to take Mustafizur to his village from the airport and he had to stop at many places during the journey.

“It was not possible to stop everywhere, but I waved my hands like a political leader. It’s totally a different experience for me… I cannot express it in words,” said a smiling Mustafizur, who hogged the spotlight in world cricket following his outstanding performances during the series against India and South Africa.

“It was the time when my father and mother received me with sweets. The sweets tasted sweeter today,” quipped the left-armed pacer, who enthralled the cricket fraternity with his famous cutters, when asked what the best part of his journey was?

Mustafizur has been suffering from flu, but he still enjoyed every moment.

“I am feeling unwell due to flu, but the way people received made me forget my illness. It’s an amazing experience for me. It was not possible for me to enjoy Eid with my family and friends, but this looked like an Eid festival for me,” said Mustafizur, who went home from Dhaka by air for the first time.

Mahmuda Khatun, mother of Mustafizur, was happy that her youngest son returned home after conquering the world.

“I’m happy that my son returned home after three months. Mustafizur might have achieved something in cricket, but he is the same to me as he was before,” she said, speaking with the amount of excitement only a mother could have.

“My child is the country’s property. I’m proud of him,” said Abul Kashem, father of Mustafizur, while he was responding on the grand reception.

Masudur Rahman, elder brother of the cricketer, said that it was amazing to see that the district town and their village got into a festive mood with the homecoming of Mustafizur.

“It’s simply unbelievable,” he said.

Source: The Daily Star

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