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Cheering for Tamim Iqbal in Deoria
Deoria | Sunday, Feb 20 2011 IST
 
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The cricket World Cup has turned Salempur village in this Uttar Pradesh district a popular place with the people last night enjoyed more about the shots of Bangladesh vice-captain rather than the landslide win of the India.

This tiny hamlet is nowdays supporting the Bangladeshi cricketer-- Tamin Iqbal Ahmed, the young left-handed opener and vice-captain of Bangladesh. Born in Bangladesh, Tamin moved to Deoria to live with his maternal grandparents in Salempur in 2000 when he was barely 11 years. Later however, he shifted to Bangladesh again with his parents.

Yesterday during the historic inaugural match of the world cup cricket, first time to be hosted by Bangladesh, the villagers in order to enjoy the game had installed a projector to watch the mega event on a big screen. But unfortunately it did not work and the villagers had to be content with a small TV sets.

'' With every ball Tamin hit during his highest 70 runs for the host team, the villagers cheered for their boy,'' Niyaz Ahmed Khan, maternal uncle of Tamim, told UNI here today.

Tamim, is a regular visitor to this village and the last time he came was in 2007 after the World Cup tournment in West Indies in which Bangladesh defeated India.

Tamim's grand mother Asma Khatun said that it was good to watch Tamim playing such good cricket.'' Whenever he comes here, the entire day he used to play cricket with the boys here and even train them,'' she said.

-- (UNI) -- 20SPD21.xml

 

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