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Mohammad Rafique to work as spin bowling coach with Rangpur Riders in BPL 5

The 46-year old has played 33 Tests and 125 ODIs for the Tigers and claimed 100 and 125 wickets respectively.

Mohammad Rafique
Bangladeshi cricketer Mohammad Rafique.
(Photo by DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images)

Bangladeshi legend Mohammad Rafique will join the Rangpur Riders camp for Bangladesh Premier League’s (BPL) fifth edition. The franchise has roped his services as the spin bowling coach for the upcoming season. His invaluable experience will help the talent as stated by the franchise. The left-arm spinner has contributed a lot to Bangladesh cricket when they emerged as a Test playing nation in 2000.

He has promised to share all his experience with the young spinners of the franchise. It is a great opportunity for the boys to get the guidance of such a determined campaigner who is an idol of many present Bangladesh cricketers. Rafique was the first bowler to claim 100 wickets for Bangladesh in Test and ODI cricket.

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“Whatever I know as a spinner I want to teach youngsters. I think if a single bowler could rise up to the national level in my teaching, it would be a great success for me,” he said.

Always wanted to serve my country

The veteran spinner always wanted to serve his country after retirement, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) never valued his services for the national team. “BCB do not call me at all. Sometimes they inform me about petty task to work for ten fifteen days, and after that, no one ask anything really. I always say I want to work for cricket in Bangladesh, even when I was playing in the national team, I told I want to serve the nation after my retirement,” said Rafique.

“BCB never really call me. When Venkat Raju came to work in Bangladesh he asked ‘why you people brought me here when you have a bowler like Rafique? I learnt a lot from Rafique.’ BCB is financially rich now. They are looking just to spend money,” he added.

Rafique’s career

The 46-year old has played 33 Tests and 125 ODIs for the Tigers and claimed 100 and 125 wickets respectively. The left-arm spinner always played a pivotal role in Bangladesh’s cricket fortunes. He was blessed with a clever arm ball and a big heart he was a successful bowler for Bangladesh in both ODIs and Tests.

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