Ziaur Rahman wants to put kabaddi on cricket-crazy Bangladesh’s map

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Written by means of Saundarya Mehra
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Published:September 28, 2017 nine:50 pm


Ziaur Rahman is the one Bangladesh participant who used to be picked by means of a franchise right through the Pro Kabaddi season five public sale.

Puneri Paltan defender Ziaur Rahman, the one Bangladesh participant who used to be picked by means of a franchise right through the Pro Kabaddi season five public sale, thinks his participation within the league will deliver a metamorphosis in kabaddi’s reputation in his nation and encourage the formative years to play the game. “Now that Bangladesh has made its presence in the league, I think more players will show interest in being a part of it, which will further improve youths interest in the sport,” Rahman informed indianexpress.com.

Despite being the nationwide sport again house, and nation’s podium finishes in 2016 South Asian Games, 2007 World Cup and 3 silver medals in Asian Games, Kabaddi continues to be out of favour a number of the locals in Bangladesh.

“Conditions in Bangladesh are not the same as that of India. People there like cricket and football more. In India, I feel Kabaddi is just after cricket. It is so famous in rural areas and we see people come in great numbers to watch the matches as well.”

While his present favorite cricketer is Mashrafe Mortaza, Rahman says he appreciated gazing former Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan bowl. “My favourite cricketer was Zaheer Khan but now he has retired from international cricket.”

Rahman, a Lance Corporal within the military, has been part of Bangladeshi kabaddi set-up for over 3 years and used to be part of the nationwide workforce for the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad.

“I first came to India for the World Cup. It was very different than what we had expected. It was great. Knowing the popularity of cricket in India and the way they have hosted other big events, we knew it wouldn’t be anything less,” mentioned Rahman.

Unlike Indian avid gamers, who’re offered to Kabaddi at an excessively early age, the 22-year outdated got here throughout Kabaddi six years in the past, and it caught. “I started playing Kabaddi six years ago before that I played football. When my army instructor asked me to try Kabaddi, I hesitated but I found it easy. Then I got selected in the national team. Abdul Jalil, our national coach, helped me improve my game. Now that I am a part of this league, my only target is to excel in the sport,” published Rahman.

Stories concerning the Indian Kabaddi captain Anup Kumar are quite common in Bangladesh. Those who’ve performed towards the Indian captain, speak about his stature. Rahman’s want to meet Anup got here true when the 2 countries performed every different within the crew level of the World Cup.

“We had heard a lot about Anup from our seniors, that how good a player, a captain he is. We wanted to see him once and know why the kabaddi world goes gaga over him. After the World Cup, PKL gave me another chance to play against him. We have some good players in our team too. Deepak (Hooda) and Sandeep (Narwal) are exceptional. It is a great experience sharing the dressing room with such players,” mentioned Rahman.

Rahman has inspired all and sundry for his sprint. The defender unleashes a formidable sprint together with his head and takes the raider down. One example got here when he took down Patna Pirates raider Monu Goyat in Lucknow. He feels coaching with Indian avid gamers can lend a hand his sport however commitments again house go away him little or no time.

“Given a possibility, I would really like to teach right here in India. But my duties within the military and nationwide workforce don’t permit me to do this. Indian avid gamers are remarkable within the game, so do Iranians. Also, I would really like to see extra avid gamers from Bangladesh in Pro Kabaddi subsequent time.

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