Fri. Sep 22nd, 2023
Maradona' of hockey

In the 1990s, wearing the jersey of Dhaka Mohammedan, he defeated club hockey in Dhaka. Many visitors used to throng the gallery of Maulana Bhasani Stadium to see Shahbaz Ahmed’s stick craft. The Pakistani star has since come to Dhaka several times. 54-year-old Shahbaz came once more this afternoon.

However, the former captain of Pakistan, known as the ‘Maradona’ of hockey, will be found in a different role in Bangladesh hockey this time. He will work as a consultant for cricketer Shakib Al Hasan’s team Monarch Mart Padma in the country’s first franchise hockey league, which will begin on October 28 in Dhaka. He started working on the first day. Arrived in Dhaka in the afternoon and completed the familiarization session with the players of Monarch Mart in the evening.

Monarch mart’s desi icon player Russell Mahmood Jimmy is excited to have the 1994 World Cup hockey winning star. Russel Mahmud told Prothom Alo yesterday that the newcomers can learn a lot, “I have seen Shahbaz Ahmed’s game. He was a great forward. We used to watch his game with fascination as children. Now we have a lot to learn from him. Hopefully, his experience will be useful to us

After Shahbaz met the team at the team hotel at night, Jimmy said, “He told us to ask him for advice whenever needed.” He is ready to help everyone. He said to go to him without any hesitation.

He has known Bangladeshi hockey for a long time. So he will have no problem working for the party. He wants to see Monarch Mart in a better place. A Monarch Mart camp is underway at a hotel in Paltan. Shahbaz will be with the team there. Next, the team is practicing at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium.