Mushfiqur, ‘head chef’ of Bangladesh team


Mushfiqur Rahim has to play an important role in front and behind the wicket. However, he has another major responsibility off the field. When the cricketers organize and cook for themselves, he is the main cook in Bangladesh cricket team.

This topic of their own cooking came up in Tamim Iqbal’s regular Facebook live chat on Saturday night. Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur were with Tamim in the last episode of this popular live.


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At one point in the chat, Tamim told them about the arrangement of their cooking. Imrul Kayes is the head cook. However, Imrul is currently out of the team. So Mushfiqur has come forward, said Tamim.

“One thing we have all always enjoyed. Our team has a culture, when we go to play outside the country and if we get the opportunity, one day we cook ourselves. Khichuri, eggs, chicken… all these. Potu Bhai (colleagues call Imrul by this name) is our head chef. But now head chef is Mushfiqur Rahim. Different types of food are cooked.”

Mushfiqur said the purpose of this cooking event. And he thanked his wife and Tamim. “When we go out, especially during a month-and-a-half tour, we get bored for a while. Eating outside is no longer like home. I have to give you (Tamim) a big credit. Because everything needs entrepreneurship. Shopping, who will do what, fix the kitchen, you take care of everything.”

“Actually I’m not an expert in this. My wife’s help is useful. She sends all the lists to the WhatsApp and says that you have to give it after that. I do as much as I can. I think we did our last cooking in Sri Lanka.”

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