Mehedi Hasan Miraz, the new spin sensation who played a big role in Bangladesh’s Test victory over England recently, is the hero of the nation at the moment. The rewards have been quick too with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issuing an order to the deputy commissioner of Khulna (MehediHasan Miraz’ home town) to find land and build a house for the 19-year-old off-spinner.
“Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is building a house for cricketer Mehedi Hasan Miraz. Principal Secretary Abul Kalam Azad has already conveyed her instructions to the deputy commissioner of Khulna. The district administration will find a suitable place for the house,” Hasina’s deputy press secretary, Ashraful Alam, was quoted in the Bangaladeshi media.
The spinner, whose family still lives in a two-room tin shed in Khulna — the third largest city in the country and a port town — took 12 wickets in the second Test at Mirpur (two six-wicket hauls), helping his side record a historic victory over England to draw the two-match Test series 1-1.
After the heroics, Bangladeshi media started reporting the sad plight of Mehedi Hasan Miraz and his family, which caught the attention of the country’s Prime Minister.
Life a struggle for Mehedi Hasan Miraz
Mehedi hails from the lesser privileged part of the city of Khulna. Life has been a big struggle for the family as the cricketer’s income has been irregular. The other bread-winner in the family is Mehedi’s father Jalal Hossain, who works as a driver at a rent-a-car firm.
Mehedi has been part of Bangladesh’s junior squads as well. His performances as skipper of the under-15, under-17 and under-19 teams earned him a call-up to the senior side. And the rest is history.
The off-spinner had a dream start to his Test career, picking up 19 wickets in the two Test matches against England, winning the Man of the Series award. He is also set to receive a central contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board.