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12:00 AM, November 04, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 04, 2018

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Pint-sized pitch invader catches Mushy off guard

The sight of fans running onto the field in the middle of a game to get close to their idols has become a common feature nowadays and the same was true as the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium hosted its inaugural Test.

The incident took place in the 48th over of Zimbabwe's innings. A child eluded the security's attention and ran onto the field before hugging Mushfiqur Rahim from behind. The former skipper, unaware of what was happening, wore a look of surprise on his face, startled by the occurrence.

Once he turned around, he became aware that it was a young fan that was hugging him. His surprise gave way to delight as a smile spread across his face and the player proceeded to hug his young fan back.

The security personnel, by this time aware that an intruder had entered the pitch, went up to the duo to escort the child back and received strict instructions from Mushfiqur to handle him with care.

Akram rings the traditional five-minute bell

It was a historic moment at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium yesterday as the venue hosted its inaugural Test match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Sylhet became the eighth Test venue in Bangladesh and the start of the match was marked in a traditional way – by ringing the bell five minutes before the start of the game.

The tradition started in 2007 at England's historic Lord's Cricket Ground. Former Bangladesh captain and the chairman of the Cricket Operations Committee Akram Khan rang the bell to signal the start of the game in the presence of former national players from Sylhet. A beginning of a new era for Sylhet indeed!

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