Bangladesh news December 25, 2012

Mushfiqur bags Masters degree in History

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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has followed up his Man of the Series performance in the ODIs against West Indies with another notable achievement: he has completed his Masters degree in History from Jahangirnagar University. It's a rare accomplishment for top professional cricketers and Mushfiqur, who was accorded a reception by the university on Sunday, has said he hopes to set an example for his younger team-mates so that their futures are more secure.

After finishing school and college from BKSP, he joined the university in 2007 and has now completed an honours and masters. The specialisation in the latter was in contemporary South Asian history, and he finished with an impressive CGPA of 3.49. According to Mushfiqur, it wasn't a solo effort as his classmates and teachers ensured he didn't miss anything while playing for Bangladesh.

"This degree is a huge honour for me," Mushfiqur said. "Apart from my efforts, I would give credit to the university teachers and my friends who guided and assisted me. I couldn't attend most of the classes, and had to take notes from my friends while the university authorities made sure my attendance wasn't an issue.

"The teachers also considered my attendance issues because my cricket commitments didn't allow me to attend regular classes. I also had to work extra hard but whenever possible, I went for classes and took the exams."

Mushfiqur's degree is a major boost for him personally and a source of inspiration for cricketers in the country, especially the younger ones. It goes to show how education and an international career can be managed in Bangladesh where most cricketers abandon their studies to pursue the game professionally.

As a result, Mushfiqur wants to stress on the importance of education in the young players' lives, though he believes it is ultimately a matter of choice. "Cricket is just a part of life, there's nothing more important than education. I think it should be a message to our younger fans.

"Everyone has their own philosophy in life, and if they want to study I would say it is their choice. It is not easy to handle both. I always encourage those younger than me that they must take their education seriously."

Mushfiqur described the scramble ahead of exams, most of which he had to appear in isolation as he would usually miss the scheduled dates. "You wouldn't believe it but when I was returning from tours, I had to study at planes and airports, because I had exams the following day.

"Between matches maybe everyone else was free to roam around whichever country we were playing in, but I had to take notes and stay back in the hotel to study. But my team-mates were nice, they never teased me."

He found inspiration from within his family and also from Kumar Sangakkara, especially the manner in which the Sri Lankan cricketer has carried himself over the years. "It is appreciated that someone like Sangakkara's sports personality is shaped by his education. He is obviously an inspiration.

"After I had completed my Higher Secondary Certificate exam, I didn't want to pursue studies but I was reminded of its importance. My family encouraged me, told me not to give up on studies. They are very proud of me and I am inspiring my younger brothers and sisters in the family by doing two things at a time."

In future, Mushfiqur hopes to work closer to his sport than history, saying that the degree has taught him many lessons about life. "I have to give cricket a lot of time but I learned a lot by going through the process of graduating, and I want to do an MBA or a PhD, preferably on something close to cricket so that I can add that to my current profession."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • on December 26, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    congrats captain Tiger! knowledge is power! you have set an example...proper education is just not about finding a job or make living out of it. its about gaining knowledge that will have a positive impact on your mentality and thinking ability. you are a thinking captain and your thirst of learning will make you even a bigger person...proud of you.

  • ExtremeSpeed on December 26, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Excellent! he must of been so proud once he heard the news really happy for him. Now he will be even more happier and confident come the new year so he can lead the Bangladesh Cricket team to new heights. He becoming more wiser now and the few important experience guys in our team. It was him and Mahmudullah that managed to hold the team together in the series win over West Indies and along with our other experience guys Tamim, Shakib, Mahmudullah, Razzak and Mortaza, can guide the new young guys so that they are not under pressure and our 11 can perform to their ultimate best and deliver Bangladesh many more wins. People criticise Rahim as a captain but just allow the guy plenty of time so he can do the best for the team.

  • on December 25, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Kudos. Education gives you a different perspective in life and helps you become a well rounded person. All the best.

  • Warm_Coffee on December 27, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    It must have been so difficult for him to study on planes and in airports but the key thing we're missing from here is that he still had the 'desire' to achieve a masters despite missing so much class and has a sporting career brilliant!

  • on December 27, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @getsetgopk...lolz good effort but failed as Mr Rakibul stole my words. Hard to swallow that a Bangladesh captain achieved such a feat isn't it? don't be jealous :P :)

  • on December 27, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    I must say that Education is the Backbone of a Country. And it should not be surprising why bangladeshi players cannot speak in english or why our country cannot grow up. It will be a great inspiration for the youngsters and they i guarantee that now mushfiq will play far better than before and even if he quits cricket he can do something with this certificate in life. WELL DONE!!!

  • on December 27, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Its good for him and for us. Good Luck Mushfiq..........

  • on December 27, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Congratulation Mussi!! hope you can do better in future.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on December 27, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    @ getsetgopk: lol. How can u tell he hasn't bagged anything on the cricket after wining ODI series against current T20 World champ WI & being Asia Cup runner up? In fact he was Man of the ODI series vs WI.

  • getsetgopk on December 27, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Good for him, he's not bagging anything on the cricket field so he and his BD fans might just enjoy this piece of news LOL

  • on December 26, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    congrats captain Tiger! knowledge is power! you have set an example...proper education is just not about finding a job or make living out of it. its about gaining knowledge that will have a positive impact on your mentality and thinking ability. you are a thinking captain and your thirst of learning will make you even a bigger person...proud of you.

  • ExtremeSpeed on December 26, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Excellent! he must of been so proud once he heard the news really happy for him. Now he will be even more happier and confident come the new year so he can lead the Bangladesh Cricket team to new heights. He becoming more wiser now and the few important experience guys in our team. It was him and Mahmudullah that managed to hold the team together in the series win over West Indies and along with our other experience guys Tamim, Shakib, Mahmudullah, Razzak and Mortaza, can guide the new young guys so that they are not under pressure and our 11 can perform to their ultimate best and deliver Bangladesh many more wins. People criticise Rahim as a captain but just allow the guy plenty of time so he can do the best for the team.

  • on December 25, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Kudos. Education gives you a different perspective in life and helps you become a well rounded person. All the best.

  • Warm_Coffee on December 27, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    It must have been so difficult for him to study on planes and in airports but the key thing we're missing from here is that he still had the 'desire' to achieve a masters despite missing so much class and has a sporting career brilliant!

  • on December 27, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @getsetgopk...lolz good effort but failed as Mr Rakibul stole my words. Hard to swallow that a Bangladesh captain achieved such a feat isn't it? don't be jealous :P :)

  • on December 27, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    I must say that Education is the Backbone of a Country. And it should not be surprising why bangladeshi players cannot speak in english or why our country cannot grow up. It will be a great inspiration for the youngsters and they i guarantee that now mushfiq will play far better than before and even if he quits cricket he can do something with this certificate in life. WELL DONE!!!

  • on December 27, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Its good for him and for us. Good Luck Mushfiq..........

  • on December 27, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Congratulation Mussi!! hope you can do better in future.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on December 27, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    @ getsetgopk: lol. How can u tell he hasn't bagged anything on the cricket after wining ODI series against current T20 World champ WI & being Asia Cup runner up? In fact he was Man of the ODI series vs WI.

  • getsetgopk on December 27, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Good for him, he's not bagging anything on the cricket field so he and his BD fans might just enjoy this piece of news LOL

  • on December 26, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Mushi is nothing sort of a genius. I have seen him playing for his department in Jahangir nogor university last week.. such a wonderful person he is.. I remember he acheived Golden A+ from arts department during his HSC. He is a talent you dont see everyday.. I am a big fan...

  • on December 26, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Nice to see at least younger generation tends to get a good education now. Good luck Mushfiqur.

  • on December 26, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Congratulations Mushfiq.. wish u all the best..

  • Sidath346 on December 26, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Many congratulations Mushfiq!! This is an example not only for the young Bangladeshi cricketers but also to other budding sportsmen the world over. Only few do studies and sports at the same time. All the best for an awesome future. From a Sri Lankan fan.

  • anver777 on December 26, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Very well done Rahim !! Its not easy to concentrate on both.... keep shinning !!!

  • farab on December 26, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Year 2020. Dr. Rahim has attended the conference on "Education for younger cricketers " at BKSP. (Breaking News) .

  • on December 26, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    Excellent achievement. Well done to Rahim.

  • on December 26, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    Nice to see him excelling in both sport and academics. Congrats Mushfiqur

  • on December 25, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    i dont know what good a history degree can do, but well done. I wudve encouraged a degree on physical fitness or nutrition or sth like that which cud translate into a cricketing coaching career.

  • OptimusPrimal on December 25, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Very hearty congratulations Mushfiqur Rahim from a Pakistani fan. You seem to be one of those players who have a thinking mind. You've done well for your country and yourself by diversifying your future options. I hope to see you doing well even after your cricket playing days.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on December 25, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Congratulations from a Pak fan ! Hope you gain more success in the future in education and in cricket ! You're also a fantastic captain too !

  • Shamim_araf on December 25, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Congrates to Tiger Mushfiq for his outstanding achievement!!! go ahead Tiger!

  • on December 25, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Lol....so how is it related to cricket ? Tomm d news wud be Mushfiqur is thinking to study more and thinkin of a course abroad..."Cricinfo" get some life...We expect you to post info regarding cricket and not wat he / she are doing in other fields!

  • Ibra95 on December 25, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Congratulations Mushfiq for ur achievements, but continue to work hard, then u'll have a good spot in ur life, I want to hear Dr. Mushfiq in cricket!!! =D

  • Captainman on December 25, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Happy for him!, getting a masters in history requires you to read a lot, I'm really proud how he devotes his time seems to enjoy it a lot.

  • i_amVIVA on December 25, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    WOW, splendid achievement by a cricket giant. Waiting to see a Dr. Mushfiq in the near future. Fantastic news and inspiration for all the youngsters.

  • tofazzel on December 25, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Congratulations Mushfiqur Rahim

  • on December 25, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Congratulations to Captain Mushfiqur Rahim on this great achievement..I hope he pursues a PhD in future!!

  • TheRisingTeam on December 25, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Now that is something you want to hear for Cricket that although someone may be having a successful sporting career especially in a long game like Cricket which takes a lot of your time, you can still get other things done and to be getting a mastery degree in a very difficult subject like history is truly astonishingly. This will obviously set a big example to many kids out there and inspire them to achieve the same and these critics say Bangladesh haven't brought anything wonders for the great game of Cricket huh take a bow.

  • on December 25, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    wow! that's pretty impressive especially for an amazing subject like history. I've always been telling fans of other teams read HISTORY so you don't say foolish of things, such an important yet interesting subject. Our little captain Rahim is respected by many people dearly very fun lad and wish the 24 year old well and help continue to deliver success for the Bangladesh team, he's maturing and becoming very experience now cheers.

  • Purbo23 on December 25, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Congrats and all the best

  • on December 25, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Congratulation,Captain!!! Leading from top:)

  • on December 25, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    - Lecturer, Independent University Bangladesh.

  • on December 25, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Congratulations Mushfiq!! May Allah help you achieve greater things in life, you have set an amazing example for the young generation.

  • on December 25, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Congratulation. Its a great achievement.

  • on December 25, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    This guy was a bright student we knew it and now it has been proved again, CGPA 3.49 is awesome.

  • on December 25, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    seems that he is hardworking

  • on December 25, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Congratulations Mushfiqur Rahim !! hope to see you playing in Karachi

  • bdsmaruf on December 25, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    congratulation musfiq. higher education always helpfull for cricket. we love you.

  • on December 25, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    awesome....Thumbs Up Mushfiq.....I hope u can now guide d youngsters in ur team like Gazi,Nasir,Anamul,Abul,Mominul etc

  • on December 25, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    good job..you deserved to have it ..

  • on December 25, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    congratulation captain.....best luck with phD

  • Tipu606 on December 25, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    great !! congratulations!! he is perhaps Bangladesh's best gentleman cricketer.Now he should get married.

  • SpitFire on December 25, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    I thought he just passed, but CGPA of 3.49 is quite impressive! Congratz Mr. Captain!

  • Sinhaya on December 25, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Well done and congratulations! Phenomenal achievement!

  • humi_cric on December 25, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    I like Bangla captain very much because of his simplicity, can't control emotions (as most of the people of this part of the world, a true representation). Still remember his face (laughing) while hitting sixes against India in Asia cup and had tears after loosing the final against PaK. Congratulation Bro (From Pakistan), hope you will take your team to deserving position (in the right direction).

  • swat1999 on December 25, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Congratulation and wel done Mr.Mushfiqur. Very good example for all young cricketers. Seems he is very punctual and briliant. Wel done Mushfiqur

  • Bilal94 on December 25, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Now people should call Mufiq "Professor" instead od Hafeez

  • saifur.raffael on December 25, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Thumbs Up Mushfiq.....I hope u can now guide d youngsters in ur team like Gazi,Nasir,Anamul,Abul,Mominul etc. 2 follow ur footsteps,,, d educations is also important ...wid d higher studies u can be much more involved wid cricket and media (commentary) after d retirement............

  • on December 25, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Respect. Congratulations to him.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 25, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    An educated man will ALWAYS find respect everywhere in this world. Education is an investment. Well done and congratulations Mushfiq.

  • khurdum on December 25, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Congratulations. Thanks to almighty Allah for helping you achieving highest degree from the University. I hope you would be able to guide the team towards further prosperity. Let the Allah be with you always. For mankind, specially for Muslims, after every achievement it is the Allah who should be praised first. I know you have done the same also. Because i have seen ur father in the field praying for you constantly during matches. Before deciding to go to pakistan, please take advice from ur parents. If they say no, don't go. BCB trying to push you in danger situation for personal benefit but u don't have anything to achieve personally. Without ICC clearance, should not decide to visit pakistan of their own. If something goes wrong, ICC will not shoulder any responsibility for mishaps. Let ICC give clearance and arrange matches with other countries also.

  • halimran on December 25, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Congatulation bro.....................

  • Khaled_Shahed on December 25, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Congratulations to Mushfiq. You, indeed, achived something very special and rare...I salute for your commitment. My experience was..I left cricket long ago to follow my professional career..because I did not have courage to continue both. Had you set this example 15 years ago, someone like me could have followed your path.

  • on December 25, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    He got master in History when another little Master now part of history

  • on December 25, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    He got master in History when another little Master now part of history

  • Khaled_Shahed on December 25, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Congratulations to Mushfiq. You, indeed, achived something very special and rare...I salute for your commitment. My experience was..I left cricket long ago to follow my professional career..because I did not have courage to continue both. Had you set this example 15 years ago, someone like me could have followed your path.

  • halimran on December 25, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Congatulation bro.....................

  • khurdum on December 25, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Congratulations. Thanks to almighty Allah for helping you achieving highest degree from the University. I hope you would be able to guide the team towards further prosperity. Let the Allah be with you always. For mankind, specially for Muslims, after every achievement it is the Allah who should be praised first. I know you have done the same also. Because i have seen ur father in the field praying for you constantly during matches. Before deciding to go to pakistan, please take advice from ur parents. If they say no, don't go. BCB trying to push you in danger situation for personal benefit but u don't have anything to achieve personally. Without ICC clearance, should not decide to visit pakistan of their own. If something goes wrong, ICC will not shoulder any responsibility for mishaps. Let ICC give clearance and arrange matches with other countries also.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 25, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    An educated man will ALWAYS find respect everywhere in this world. Education is an investment. Well done and congratulations Mushfiq.

  • on December 25, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Respect. Congratulations to him.

  • saifur.raffael on December 25, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Thumbs Up Mushfiq.....I hope u can now guide d youngsters in ur team like Gazi,Nasir,Anamul,Abul,Mominul etc. 2 follow ur footsteps,,, d educations is also important ...wid d higher studies u can be much more involved wid cricket and media (commentary) after d retirement............

  • Bilal94 on December 25, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Now people should call Mufiq "Professor" instead od Hafeez

  • swat1999 on December 25, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Congratulation and wel done Mr.Mushfiqur. Very good example for all young cricketers. Seems he is very punctual and briliant. Wel done Mushfiqur

  • humi_cric on December 25, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    I like Bangla captain very much because of his simplicity, can't control emotions (as most of the people of this part of the world, a true representation). Still remember his face (laughing) while hitting sixes against India in Asia cup and had tears after loosing the final against PaK. Congratulation Bro (From Pakistan), hope you will take your team to deserving position (in the right direction).