A die-hard Mohammedan fan since his childhood days, all-rounder Rubel Mia has finally fulfilled his dream when he signed up for the prestigious club for the upcoming Dhaka Premier League season. The 29-year-old, who has experienced the highs and lows of domestic cricket, shared his experience of the prestigious fifty-over domestic competition and his future plans during an interview with The Daily Star’s Mazhar Uddin† The excerpts of the interview are as follows:
The Daily Star (DS): When did you start your cricketing journey?
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Rubel Mia (RM): I started playing in 2005 and went on to become the second-highest run-scorer in the first division league in 2009. After that, I got a call up in the Bangladesh under-19 team and played a home series against Sri Lanka. I made my DPL debut in 2015 for Old DOHS. After that, I played for Victoria Sporting Club, Legends of Rupganj and also for Prime Bank, where I played alongside Tamim Iqbal Bhai. Its a dream come true for me to be able to play alongside Shakib Al Hasan bhai, Mushfiqur Rahim bhai for Mohammedan this season and I am looking forward to it.
DS: When did you start following the Dhaka Premier League?
RM: Right from my childhood days, I used to watch football matches between Abahani and Mohammedan at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Since then I was a die-hard fan of Mohammedan and once I started playing cricket, I always wanted to represent this club. I used to follow the Dhaka league and watch matches whenever I got the opportunity.
DS: Can you recall the intensity of a Mohammedan-Abahani game in the Dhaka league?
RM: Oh yes. I can remember the jam-packed stadium whenever Mohammedan and Abahani faced each other. The supporters of the two teams used to cheer and equally engaged in fights at the stands during the matches. This is what makes this tournament lively and the players who represent the clubs also get pumped up to give their best. This used to be a traditional rivalry back then and everyone was divided into two groups.
DS: Do you think the rivalry or the intensity in the DPL has decreased from what it was in the past?
RM: The DPL has always been the biggest source of income for the players and when it comes to intensity the players always give their best in the field. Yes, you can say the presence of spectators may have decreased from what it was in the past. It is also true that we don’t see such enthusiasm among the spectators whenever Mohammedan, Abahani face each other. But that’s not in our hands and as a player, I really hope the fans come in numbers and support our local cricket.