Serving people through politics is a childhood dream, said Mashrafe Mortaza, the icon of Bangladesh cricket who has now entered the political arena.
Mortaza, the one-day team captain, spoke with media about him running in the upcoming national polls for the first time on Tuesday (Dec 4).
“I’m almost nearing the end of my cricket career. I’m no superstar that people will remember me after I retire. I tried to play as long as I was able through a lot of struggle on a personal level. But I enjoyed every bit of it. It has been a childhood dream to serve people through politics and the prime minister has given me the opportunity to do something on a bigger scale. I want to utilize the opportunity,” Mortaza said on his transition to politics from 22 yards.
On persisting political culture, Mortaza said he is not entering politics to resort to usual rhetoric but his intention is to serve the people of Narail.
He also told journalists, “Do not take it for granted that I will win the polls. You will get to evaluate my work if I get elected.”
“My goal is very simple – to do something for the people. It will be unfair if I’m considered a big politician,” he said before adding, “It’s an entirely new experience. I want to do some good work. Let’s see if I manage to do so in the future.”
Responding to a query by a journalist that why come to politics when he has been already contributing for Narail people with his foundation, Mortaza said, “I could not make roads from the Narail Foundation. I realized that the foundation cannot do everything. Even the Narail people know that.”
Mortaza also made it clear that he is concentrating on the one-day series against West Indies at the moment and his main focus will be cricket for the next eight months until the World Cup.
When asked if he will be worried for his future if his party loses, he said, “Neither you or I know what tomorrow will bring to our lives.”
“The most important thing is whether I have come with honest and pure intention or not,” added the most successful Bangladesh cricket skipper.