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On the fringes

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Pranabesh Chakraborty, Chittagong

Mohan is not a player, not even a spectator. But nowadays his life is intertwined with cricket. He rejoices when the matches draw huge crowds to the ground, although he is yet to enter a stadium to enjoy live cricket.
Even as over 25,000 cricket fans were supporting their teams in the Duronto Rajshahi-Barishal Burners match in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 at Chittagong's MA Aziz Stadium yesterday afternoon, Mohan was busy with his job outside the stadium walls.
A vendor who started his business during the 2011 World Cup hosted in Bangladesh, Mohan came to the port city with 14 friends to sell his products which include team flags, jerseys, caps and hand-made flutes and various others that add to the spectators' joy when they are watching the cricket.
“I go everywhere in the country where cricket matches are held,” said the 22-year-old youth hailing from the capital's Daniya area.
On good days like the last few BPL match days, when the ground teems with spectators, Mohan nets profits as high as Tk 4,000.
“I made a good profit over the last three days as a good number of spectators came here to enjoy the matches,” he said, adding that he really enjoys working in Chittagong.
“When I see the enthusiastic audience in their respective team jerseys waving flags bought from me, I feel proud.” he added.

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