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August 10, 2004, 04:42 PM
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Source: <a href=http://prothom-alo.net>Prothom Alo, Aug 10, 2004.</a>

We all hope his dream come true...

August 10, 2004, 06:02 PM
Pursuing a Dream with the cricket bat

Shanat Babla reporting from Khulna

Abdul Khaleque never even imagined in his wildest dreams that his son would become a cricketer and enthrall the crowds with his antics on the field. And why should he? Afterall this is cricket, and unless one is born to rich or middle-class parents this dream sours into a nightmare in most cases. Cricket bats, pads and other equipment are beyond Abdul Khaleque's means who is a poor day labourer. However his son, Sohel Rana, has conquered the debilitating financial circumstances and become a budding cricketer who dreams of one day playing for the Bangladesh National team.

The Mohammedan Cricket Academy coach Selim believes this boy has the goods, "He has talent, there is absolutely no doubt about it. He is carrying on with his passion inspite of all the obstacles that he is facing. If he can ultimately achieve success it would be a tremendous achievement for him and his family." Sohel is well on his way. He has already captured the hearts of many with his batting prowess on the pitches of Khulna. He has scored tons of runs in the local league, has made half-centuries and even centuries. He has earned a place in the district and divisional UNDER-13 squads through these outstanding performances. He has even been summoned to the National Under-13 camp, but unfortunately for him this opening batsman is yet to command a place in the final squad even after two stints at the camp. "I will definitely make it to the national team one day. I can keep wickets as well which is a plus point for me." quips this confident 13 year old youngster.

The local cricket organizers are also confident that this young man will succeed. His family is counting on him too. His father, who couple of years ago would never even think of letting his only son pursue this 'luxury', now has high expectations about his son's future as a cricketer, says "My family can get some respite (from this poverty) if he succeeds". Abdul Khaleque makes a living as a coolie and has to struggle to support 4 daughters along with his son, living in the Rail colony of Khulna. For this poor family the only prospect of bright light amongst the gloom is Sohel Rana.

Advocate Gholam Rahman Babu has come forward to help this young prodigy attain his goals. He (a local Mohammedan official) has provided Sohel with the equipment he needs. He has even made arrangements for Sohel to dine at one of the local restaurants once he finishes with his daily practice. Now the rest is up to Sohel.

Best of luck indeed to this boy and the rest of the millions of our youngsters who aspire to wear our national colours one day. An inspirational story!

[Edited on 11-8-2004 by pompous]

August 10, 2004, 06:15 PM
very confident this guy..i do pray that he succeeds..will be useful for both his family n bd cricket...may ALMIGHTY ALLAH give this guy everything he wants..best wishes to him

August 10, 2004, 06:57 PM
Truly an inspiring story for thousand of other kids as well. I hope this kid succeed and bring happiness to his family and for himself as well. The true passion for the game is there. His dream for playing for the national may well be possible someday since his dedication to the object is well recognized. Another good thing is that help is in the air, we need more people like Gholam Rahman who are willing to help out talent like Rana no matter where they coming from.


[Edited on 11-8-2004 by rassel]

August 10, 2004, 11:39 PM
How old is he. I beleive that there would be a future star in the vein of Sachin Tendulkar in the poorer communities of Bangladesh we just need to find him.

August 10, 2004, 11:56 PM
He is Under-13.

August 11, 2004, 12:30 AM
He is 13.

We should have cricket academies in all parts of the country to deal with talents such as this guy, so that they don't get lost. Only then will our domestic cricket be strong enough to produce players who's abilities are compatible with the demands of international cricket.

amit(a huge BD fan)
August 11, 2004, 12:32 AM
i do hope he makes it into the bd team in the future. a truely inspirational story. looks a bit similar to munaf patel story. munaf patel was also from a very poor family andis aiming to play for ind.

August 11, 2004, 01:05 AM
Originally posted by pompous
Pursuing a Dream with the cricket bat

Nice translation. Good job pompous :)

August 11, 2004, 03:27 AM
I was looking for this thread when I read this in newspaper.
I was delighted and my heart was full of love to him, his family and the person who is giving him full support.
This is a encouraging story for all of the cricket lover in BD.
Hope this will not end up just as a story, but definitely like to see him in national team in future.

August 11, 2004, 10:37 AM
Thanks :) Was well worth it.

Originally posted by nasif
Originally posted by pompous
Pursuing a Dream with the cricket bat

Nice translation. Good job pompous :)

August 11, 2004, 02:41 PM
This guy does seem promising - provided that the reporter did not exaggerate!

Good job on the translation :)

August 11, 2004, 03:31 PM
BKSP shud take programs to award scholarships to talents like these... It shud seriously be in their planning!

amit(a huge BD fan)
August 12, 2004, 03:51 AM
if he makes to the bd team, it will be good for bd cricket as his story will prove inspiring for the many young cricketers in bd and they will all think that if "he can do it, then y cant i".

August 12, 2004, 08:42 AM
The biggest success story for a person coming from humble backgrounds is Vinod Kambli of India. He lived in Dharavi slums of Mumbai( Asia's biggest slum)and came from the humblest of socio-economic backgrounds imaginable in India.

He showed tremendous fighting qualities and talent in overcoming the handicaps due to his background. His world record partnership of 664 runs in any class of cricket with Sachin Tendulkar which he set up as a school boy is still intact. He went on to play for India in tests ( 17 tests at an batting average of 54) and 104 ODIs ( at an batting average of 32).

His humble background was largely responsible in his inability to handle success at the highest level and he lost his place in Indian side because the financial rewards and recognition that came his way proved to be big distractions for him. Nevertheless, his story is an inspirational success story without doubt.

[Edited on 12-8-2004 by cricketfan]

al Furqaan
August 13, 2004, 11:48 PM
i don't know how good this kid is...but may allah strengthen him and others in his position.

August 14, 2004, 10:56 PM
Search Bangladesh thoroughly well and you will find at least 50 talents at around this age group.

A personal sponsor is an excellent idea and a good example to set.

My personal thanks and gratitude to Advocate Golam Rahman Babu.