Not visiting Jagmohan Dalmiya in hospital in India will haunt me forever: Naimur Rahman
MUMBAI: Naimur Rahman, the first Test captain of the Bangladesh cricket team will carry life-time disappointment for not being able to visit Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata hospital.
“Believe me, I was considering to travel to India this week and see Dalmiya in Kolkata hospital. The idea was discussed with my wife also. I decided this when learnt about Jagmohan Dalmiya’s hospitalization. Unfortunately, I didn’t implement my decision immediately and this will haunt me for ever”, Naimur Rahman, speaking exclusively over his mobile from Dhaka, said.
“It was because of Jagmohan Dalmiya we got the Test status”, Nairmur Rahman, who captained first ever Test (Bangladesh versus India, played at Dhaka in 2000), said.
“I didn’t have direct contact with him but prior to playing our first Test he spoke to us and congratulated the team”.
In a mark of respect to Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya, cricketers and officials in Bangladesh observed a minute’s silence and wore black arm band on Monday before the start of the fourth day’s play in matches of the 17th National Cricket League (NCL) at Fatullah, Bogra, Khulna and Rajshahi.
“He was a great friend of Bangladesh cricket and helped us in a big way to ensure Test status for our country”, Naimur Rahman, the BCB Director and chairman of the Operations Committee, said.
The BCB was scheduled to send its delegate to India for Jagmohan Dalmiya’s funeral but due to shortage of time and complexity, could not send anyone.