Mashrafe the gunslinger!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza lived up to his maverick reputation when he hit the target five times out of five in the group firing session on the final day of the Tigers' boot camp at Bangladesh Army's School of Infantry and Tactics (SI&T) in Sylhet yesterday.

Visibly ecstatic, the fast bowler made sure that everyone was aware of his accomplishment with an SMG within a 100m range. All-rounder Forhad Reza was the other notable shooter during the session, which also included a demonstration of warfare.

Due to heavy rain, the planned tiger chase could not be held. Instead, the national players went on a 5km run.

At the end of the day, Major Ashek called up each player individually from their room for an appraisal session where the national players were asked about their experience during the stint in the camp.

Meanwhile, wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim endured another day of high fever while left-arm spinner Abdur Razzaq also had a leg injury. Rahim's condition prevented him from taking part in any of the day's activities.

The players, who are heading back to Dhaka today, visited the shrines of Hazrat Shah Jalal (RA) and Hazrat Shah Paran (RA) in the evening.