Khwaja Anas Nasarullah sent a message recently to Raqibul Hasan, former Bangladesh captain and player and current cricket commentator. His message was regarding a general query about Dhaka Wanderers. Below are excerpts from the conversation.
Khwaja Anas Nasarullah: Sir, I am Khwaja Anas son of late Khawaja Masood Nasarullah, I have seen some of the old album photos on facebook on Bangladeshi cricket in late 50s and early 60s. Did you know my father of uncles who used to play for Dhaka Wanderes and I remember they used to say that they were the league champions for many years… Also you might know Khwaja Amirullah Munni I have seen him in some of your photos. Kind regards
Raqibul Hasan : Amirullah Bhai was my senior team mate in the East Pakistan Provincial Cricket Team… He was a very good All- Rounder. I didn’t get late Kh. Athar, a phenomenal Fast Medium Bowler in those days. His wife Nahida Apa is my cousin. There were Kh. Asad ( Nahida Apa’s brother), Kh. Hassan & late Kh. Farid to name a few….Dhaka Wanderers’ used to be a very strong team during those days.
Raqibul Hasan : Anas, where are you now? Please pass my Salam & best wishes to all of you DYNASTY !!!! Also request them to pray for me. Remain tunned.
Khwaja Anas Nasarullah: Great to know that sir, I am in London at the moment. All the people you mentioned were really close to us, and most of them are not there anymore. I will surely say your regard to the whole family. Thank you for the reply. Please keep us in your prayers.
The only Bengali to play for Pakistan, Raquibul Hassan’s prospects of a lengthy Test career were shattered in March 1971, when Bangladesh’s war of liberation began. The final day of his unofficial debut, against a touring Commonwealth XI, was abandoned when the crowd invaded the field and burnt down the stadium. Raquibul fled to Calcutta, from where his efforts contributed to the rebuilding of Bangladeshi cricket, and he later became the country’s first captain. Played two ODIs in 1985-86, against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup, before working behind the scenes in the Bangladesh Cricket Board. Tournament director of the Under-19 World Cup in February and March 2004. Andrew Miller