- Posted February 11, 2013 by
Bangladesh cricketers in some numbers have turned up to express solidarity with Shahbagh protesters
Mashrafe Mortaza, Nasir Hossain, Mohammed Ashraful, Elias Sunny, Abdur Razzaq, Shohag Gazi, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Mominul Haque were seen alongside their captain, milling around with the protestors at Shahbagh.
The air at Shahbagh reverberated to slogans against the war criminals , asking for death sentence for them.
Demonstrations for the execution of killers and collaborators of 1971 rolled into the sixth day at Dhaka's Shahbagh, with the thousands assembled there as enthusiastic as ever.
Chief Selector Akram Khan and Selector Habibul Bashar also joined the protestors.
The national players, all wearing casual clothes, expressed solidarity with the protest.
Papon said,: “The cricketers of the national team has come to Shahbagh to express solidarity with the protestors. Those players, who could not make it , also agree with us on this issue.”
“We want to make Bangladesh a country free of Razakars,” he added.
Former captain and now with Dhaka Gladiators Mohammad Ashraful said he could come to Shahbagh before because of the on-going BPL matches the protest before today.
“The cricketers are with the protestors,” he added.
Earlier in the morning, Bangladesh Premier League team Duronto Rajhsahi appeared at Shahbagh wearing team jerseys around 11am. They were welcomed with a great round of applause.
Duronto Rajshahi Chairman Musfiqur Rahman Mohan has promised to keep Pakistani cricketers out from BPL or any other form of cricket in the country.
“What the youths are doing here is truly remarkable… that is why Duronto Rajshahi has come to show solidarity,” Rahman had told the crowd.