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Feeling like a prisoner: Liton Das on coronavirus lockdown in Bangladesh

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Bangladesh batsman Liton Das is “feeling like a prisoner” amid the coronavirus lockdown in the country but feels that cricket is the last thing on his mind as the world battles to contain the pandemic.

In an exclusive interview to New Age on Monday, Liton expressed his frustration saying: “You people are going out of home. You can’t understand my situation. I am feeling like a prisoner”.

The coronavirus crisis couldn’t have arrived at the worst possible time for Liton, the batsman who had been going through a rare purple patch right before the outbreak forced all cricket to be stopped across the world.

Liton scored 2 hundreds in the 3-ODI series against Zimbabwe at home – including a marathon knock of 176 off 143 balls, claiming the record for the highest individual ODI innings for a Bangladeshi.

The 25-year old continued with his fine form in the following T20I series, scoring fifties in both matches. While Liton has been in the Bangladesh setup for almost 5 years now, it was only after the Zimbabwe matches that it looked like the right-hander had finally come off age. But coronavirus halted his charge.

However, Liton is not wasting his time thinking about what could have been.

“At the present situation, cricket is not even in my thoughts. The whole world is in danger. If we can survive, only then we can play or do whatever we were doing. Right now, this is not the time for cricket,” he said.


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