Former Pakistan captain and cricket superstar Wasim Akram has said Bangladesh cricket has improved immensely over the last 10-12 years due to the emergence of some top-class talented players in recent times.
Akram came up with the comment by joining a Facebook Live session with Tamim Iqbal on Tuesday night.
Three former Bangladesh captains--Minhajul Abedin, Akram Khan and Khaled Mashud Pilot--also joined the live video session.
“It was always lovely to go to Bangladesh…I miss coming to Bangladesh... Bangladesh have always been very close to my heart. It is a very proud moment for me to see Bangladesh improved immensely in cricket. In the last ten to 12 years, Bangladesh improved a lot,” he told Tamim.
Akram further said, “There’re many good players like you (Tamim), Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman. it’s really good to see. Now, Bangladesh play like the world’s top teams.”
He also recalled his memories as he played Bangladesh’s domestic circle league saying, “I played a lot of cricket with these guys (Minhajul, Akram and Pilot)…when I played in Bangladesh for Abahani, I played with them, I played against them as well…when I come to Bangladesh to commentate, I hang out with them. Bangladesh has always been very close to my heart.”
The Pakistan cricket legend also recalled that Bangladesh’s fielding was not that great when he played but now Bangladesh’s fielding is really great. “Bangladesh is now among the best fielding side of the world.”
The former Pakistan speedster played Dhaka League back in 1995 for Abahani when Bangladesh has no notable cricket infrastructure. “I never thought that cricket is so big in Bangladesh.”
Wasim said he is a big fan of Bengali fish recipe Macher Jhol (fish broth).
He also looked back to the memory Pakistan’s defeat against Bangladesh in the World Cup 1999 as the Tigers registered their first-ever ODI win against a Test-playing nation.