Olympic Council of Asia also shared the cricketer brides photos through their social media accounts, as she is an Asian Games medal winning athlete.
Samiur Rahman, BSPA member :
Dhaka : Sanjida Islam's bat wielding photo in her bridal attire has become one of the most viewed pictures over the internet during last couple of days and brought her unprecedented attention from media across borders.
A member of Bangladesh national women's cricket team, Sanjida married Mim Mosaddek, who is also a cricketer in domestic circuit and plays for a regional team, on October 16 at Rangpur, a divisional town of Bangladesh.
Before the wedding ceremony, the bride-to-be Sanjida along with a few of her cricket team companions went to the local stadium for a customary pre-wedding outdoor photo-shoot.
But after reaching the stadium and seeing some kids playing cricket, Sanjida could not hold herself back and tried to hit few balls with the bat which created the beautiful moment.
‘Me along with two other cricketers Sobhana Mustary and Hasnat Cynthia went to the Rangpur Stadium for clicking some pictures in my “Gaye Holud” (a local custom where the elders rub turmeric paste on bride's forehead as a sign of blessing, mostly takes place a day before wedding) attire under the autumn sky amid catkins bushes.
'There I saw a few kids playing cricket with tennis ball. As a cricketer I could not control my emotions and joined the game with those kids for a few moments. Sobhana took the pictures, I wasn't really posing ...it was pure candid,' said Sanjida who played 15 ODIs and 54 T20 internationals for Bangladesh.
Sanjida got her admission in the only sports training school of Bangladesh as a young cricketer in 2009 and after three years she got her first international break in a T20 match against visiting Ireland women's cricket team.
As a top order batter, Sanjida was drafted into the women's team for Incheon Asian Games 2014 where Bangladesh won the silver medal.
She was also part of the Bangladesh team that clinched the title of Asia cup in 2018, by beating India in the final which is regarded as one of the highest achievements for Bangladesh in cricket so far.
The International Cricket Council put the pictures of Sanjida wielding a cricket bat in her wedding attire in their social media outlets where it caught the eyes of global media and soon she was featured in various social media platforms and news portals.
Olympic Council of Asia also shared the cricketer brides photos through their social media accounts, as she is an Asian Games medal winning athlete. Cricket based website ESPNcricinfo also carried Sanjida's picture with a caption suited best, 'A wedding photoshoot that has bowled us over '.
With an overwhelming flow of media attention, Sanjida is also receiving some criticism from social media users who are making abusive and sexist comments but Sanjida pulled those away straight out of the park which suits her playing style.
‘When we play well, people cheer for us and when we play bad they demand our ejection from the team. So being a cricketer I am used to these things. If I have to answer everything on social media, I cannot live my life. I am not bothered at all,' said Sanjida.
Cricket brought the couple closer and Sanjida sought blessings from all the well-wishers for her new chapter of life.
‘I am very overwhelmed and did not think that my photos would earn this much attention. Please Pray for us.'