Empty gallery in BPL frustrates Mushfiq

'Shakib absence setback for Tigers'
'Shakib absence setback for Tigers'

National cricketer and Chittagong Vikings skipper Mushfiqur Rahim on Wednesday expressed his disappointments at seeing the empty gallery during the Bangladesh Premier League matches despite the participation of host of international stars.
The sixth edition of the most extravagant domestic Twenty20 competition BPL got underway last week and eight matches were held in four match days but the tournament failed to attract much crowd so far.
Apart from the opening day of the tournament, most of the matches saw a sparse crowd, which drew the attention of Mushfiq, who believed people now prefer to enjoy the matches in mobile phone or TVs sitting in home comfort.
‘It is quite evident that the gallery will remain empty. People now can watch it on mobile and can watch it in their home comfortably,’ Mushfiq told reporters in Mirpur after his side’s narrow five-run loss to Sylhet Sixers.
‘When people are out of their home they still can watch it on TV or mobile. It was not possible earlier…now a lot of international matches held throughout the year and they [spectators] might felt that they should take rest in this time,’ he added.
Mushfiq, however, urged the spectators to come to field to watch the matches live from the galleries.
‘I will say the spectators that if you don’t come to the stadium to see big stars like Smith, Warner, Russell, Pollard then where you go to watch them?’ he lamented.