Vol. 5 Num 30 Sat. June 26, 2004  

Bashir's death: a realisation

The tragic end of Tamim Bashir's life has made his fellow cricketers realise they must stand united than ever before.

The Cricketers' Welfare Associa-tion of Bangladesh (CWAB), the organisation of registered cricketers which has never been allowed to make an impact and has yet to take a formal shape, voiced its concern following a milad mahfil organised for Bashir at the Dhanmondi Club yesterday.

"We have a lot to do for cricketers in the country. That's why we need to stand under a united banner. It was pathetic that we couldn't do anything for Tamim," said former Bangladesh captain Naimur Rahman, general secretary of the association.

Bashir's mentor Jalal Ahmed Chowdhury, who felt like he had lost a son, expressed a similar need for an accredited players' association.

The CWAB has already applied to the Social Welfare Ministry for registration a month ago.

Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar recalled with fondness his days with the 19-year-old left-spinner while representing Khulna Division in last season's National League.

Bashar also believed that a strong players' association was essential.

Tamim Bashir died on June 18 after contracting cerebral malaria.

Former and current national players who took a break from their camp for Asia Cup attended the condolence meeting before the milad at Bashir's favourite club ground, where he spent eight years as a player.