Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque and other cricketers from the country paid homage to the freedom fighters on Independence Day and vowed to keep fighting against the coronavirus pandemic.
Bangladesh are celebrating their 50th Independence Day and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan wrote on a Facebook post: "Today marks the start of the 50th year celebration of our independence. On this remarkable day, we mourn for the brave freedom fighters who have sacrificed so much to lay the foundations and eventual success of our motherland. Let us pray that we as a nation continue on this journey towards success and prosperity. We, as a nation, will overcome all these adverse challenges together and come out stronger."
Mominul also paid homage to the freedom fighters and called on people to fight against the global pandemic by staying at home. "Independence Day, I pledge that the labor of our past heroes shall not be in vain. Now we shall fight against the global pandemic! Let us all stay strong and pray that this ends soon. #stayhome #staysafe," Mominul wrote on a Facebook post.
Meanwhile T20 captain Mahmudullah Riyad wrote: "Long live Bangladesh. #StayHome #StaySafe. May Allah bless us all!"
The cricketers have been a glimmer of hope in these tough time and have been doing their bit to help with the coronavirus outbreak. Yesterday it was announced that they have raised over 25 lakh Taka by paying half of their monthly salaries. 27 cricketers made the contributions in a concerted effort and the senior players like Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim said that the money will go to a government fund to help with fighting the disease.