The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) came up with a bizarre wish for Late Manzarul Islam Rana on his 37th birth anniversary. Rana made his international debut as a teenager in 2003 as a 19-year-old. The all-rounder hogged the limelight with the wicket of England skipper Michael Vaughan off his third ball. With the feat, he became the first Bangladeshi bowler to take a wicket in his maiden over in international cricket.
Shortly after, in the very next year, Rana made his debut in the all whites against Zimbabwe. But his stay in international cricket was short-lived as he passed away at the age of 22 years and 316 days after a road accident. In his 31 international games, Rana scored 588 runs and scalped 28 wickets.
BCB’s bizarre tweet for Late Manzarul Islam Rana
Remembering the talented all-rounder on his birth anniversary, BCCB wished him in a bizarre way. BCB took to Twitter and wrote, “Happy Birthday to Manjural Islam Rana, youngest Test Cricketer to die at the age 22 years and 316 days.” In the meantime, Twitterati found a bizarre aspect of the tweet and asked the BCB to delete the tweet as it didn’t seem in good taste.
Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin too found the wish a surprising one and reacted with an appropriate emoticon. Following backlash from netizens, BCB took down the post and came with a more sensible one for the occasion.
Rana left mother earth when the Bangladesh team was preparing for the World Cup in the West Indies. Habibul Bashar, the Tigers’ then captain, was devastated and termed the incident ‘shocking. “It’s shocking news for all of us, he was a friend and a teammate. The boys are very upset,” Bashar was quoted as saying then.