Residents of Narail are ecstatic over National cricketer Mashrafee Bin Mortaza's decision to contest the polls on an Awami League (AL) ticket in the national elections slated for Dec 23.
AL leaders and the youth see this move as a positive one, as Mashrafee becoming a member of the parliament will mean developments in the otherwise neglected southwestern district.
“He has expressed interest and will buy a nomination form from AL chief’s Dhanmondi office on Nov 11 (Sunday),” AL’s Deputy Office Secretary Biplob Barua told the media.
Since the announcement, Mashrafee has been the talk of the town not only in Narail but also in various political circles.
“My family will happily welcome Mashrafee getting a nomination from the prime minister,” said Golam Mortaza Shwapan, Mashrafee’s father and chief advisor to Narail Express Foundation, the charity body founded by his son.
Narail residents are hopeful that the top cricketer will win the polls due to his clean image and good relations with party members.
“Mashrafee winning the elections would mean new developments for Narail,” said Toriqul Islam Anik, general secretary of Narail Express Foundation.
In 2017, the Narail Express Foundation was established under the cricketer’s sponsorship and helps the needy with treatment and education as well as work with ICT, sports, environment and several other issues.
“Mashrafee is a creative and good human being who is always there for the needy,” said Faisal Khan, the principal of Narail Amada Adarsha College.
However, leaders of Narail Awami League made no comments on the matter, some of them saying that they will speak after he buys the nomination forms.