Of music, culinary skill and carrom

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:21, May 06,2020


A file photo shows Bangladesh women’s cricket team players posing for a group photo in front of National Cricket Academy at Mirpur. — BCB photo

Leading women cricketers of the country, Salma Khatun, Jahanara Alam and Fahima Khatun, have come up with their own creative ways to cope with the unwanted break from cricket caused by the coronavirus lockdown and relieve some mental stress during this crisis period.

Bangladesh women’s team star pacer Jahanara is right now stuck at her apartment in the capital, while her family is staying in her hometown Khulna. Forced to cook for herself, Jahanara said she was using the time to sharpen her culinary skills with the help of YouTube.

‘As I am staying alone, I have to prepare my own food. So to pass time and keep myself busy, I am trying out new recipes from YouTube. I made Jilapi, bundia, and biryani lately. I also made hilsha polao, for that I needed sweet curd, that too I made myself seeing the recipe from YouTube,’ she said.

The 27-year old pacer is also trying to maintain her fitness while staying indoors by running in her apartment building’s staircase early in the morning.

‘I run in the staircases early in the morning. I try to lift heavy things, I do some free-hand exercise; that’s how I am trying to keep myself fit,’ added Jahanara.

Leg-spinner Fahima is approaching this cricketing shutdown as an opportunity to spend time with her family during Ramadan and Eid, something she had missed out from for the past few years due to her busy cricket schedule.

‘After getting selected for the national team, I hardly could share the table with my family members during Ramadan. Whether it was domestic matches or national team’s tour abroad, I could hardly even spend the Eid with them. Now I am sharing that time with my family members,’ said Fahima.

Fahima, who is also a poet and singer, has been using this time to focus on her writing but has refrained from singing.

‘As it’s the holy month of Ramadan, I am not practicing music. But I try to play with words in solitary times. I already wrote two or three poems also,’ she said.

Bangladesh women’s team captain Salma is following the cricket board’s directives on what the cricketers should do during lockdown and is also trying her luck on carrom board every now and then.

‘I am staying at home, following the guidelines prescribed by BCB. Sometimes, with the family members, my nephews, I am playing carrom,’ Salma said.

Salma is also trying her hand at cooking, whipping up some restaurant dishes for her family.

‘As restaurants are closed and I also have time, I made puri and moghlai paratha at home and my family members liked that very much,’ she said.

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