Former Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Murtaza has poured his heart out in a gut-wrenching post as he reacted to the ongoing communal violence in his country, prompting netizens to attack the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.
Taking to his Facebook page, Murtaza wrote in Bengali, “Saw two defeats yesterday. First was the Bangladesh cricket team, which hurt me. Another one is from the whole of Bangladesh, which has broken the heart into pieces.”
He continued, “We didn’t want this red and green. The war ends so many dreams, so many hard-earned lives in a moment. Allah, please guide us.”
Murtaza was referring to the shock loss for Bangladesh to Scotland in their opening encounter at the T20 World Cup competition in the UAE.
His another reference to the communal strife across Bangladesh in recent days. The country’s minority community has alleged how their places of worship were attacked. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had vowed to hunt down those responsible for such attacks.
Murtaza’s extraordinary post prompted Indian netizens to take potshots at their cricketers such as Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli to learn from the former Bangladeshi cricketer on mustering the courage to speak against injustice.
Learn from Mashrafe on how to be a better human @sachin_rt @ImRo45 @msdhoni @imVKholi @SGanguly99 You guys were cowardly enough to not stand up for your colleague Wasim Jaffer…so expecting you to condemn the daily violence against Muslims across India is probably too much! https://t.co/kddVNGS2cz
— Stop the Gaustapo (@atlasdanced) October 19, 2021
Mashrafe Mortaza has expressed regret over the current situation in his country. He is not a good cricketer like Sachin, but he has a strong spine.
— LoHa MaN (@Ashique64210300) October 18, 2021
Tendulkar and Kohli had come under widespread condemnation this year when they decided to toe the BJP government’s line to counter the criticism from international celebrities such as Rhianna and Greta Thunberg against the police brutality against protesting farmers.
Tendulkar and Kohli had also faced criticism for their silence when one of their own former teammates, Wasim Jaffer, was hounded by Hindutva fanatics for his Muslim faith.
Tendulkar, a former India batsman, recently had to face public ridicule after tennis legend Martina Navratilova termed Home Minister Amit Shah’s claims on Prime Minister Narendra Modi a ‘joke.’