Former Bangladesh skipper Akram Khan will ring a bell to kick-off the inaugural Test match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium when the venue will host the first Test between the Tigers and Zimbabwe, starting today.
BCB director Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel confirmed New Age about this decision as they were introducing a new tradition in Bangladesh, a practice already being followed by Lord’s and Eden Gardens.
Lord’s started the tradition of ringing five-minute bell before a Test match in 2007 and Eden followed them in 2016 with legendary Kapil Dev taking the first honour at the famous Kolkata venue before a Test match of India against New Zealand
The honour of ringing the bell usually given to a former player, though Lord’s already made few exceptions.
‘He is our ex captain and also a BCB director. So we think he is the best person to take the honour,’ Nadel explained the decision of choosing his BCB colleague Akram for it.
Akram, who played eight Tests and 44 one-day internationals for Bangladesh, led the Tigers to ICC Trophy win in 1997, which paved the way for their further success.
Akram also led Bangladesh in their first ODI victory when they beat Kenya by six wickets in Hyderabad in 1998.
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