Mushfiqur Rahim © AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim was joined by his wife Jannatul Kefayat Mondy © AFP

Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim greeted his countrymen after joining the Eid prayers and sought blessings to perform well in the forthcoming Test matches against South Africa. Mushfiqur along with other players Mahmudullah, Taijul Islam, South Africa skipper Hashim Amla with his team and officials of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) joined the Eid congregation at the Damparha Police Lines Mosque here on Saturday, reports Returning to the hotel after prayers, Mushfiqur said he was celebrating Eid away from his parents for the first time while he was in the country. Only his wife, Jannatul Kefayat Mondy, was with him. ALSO READ: Bangladesh begin practice for Tests post Eid celebrations

“We performed well in the one-day series before Eid. We want to perform well in the Test series that follows Eid. We seek blessings of the people of the country,” the 26-year-old said. Mushfiqur greeted the people on the Eid. “Everyone remain safe and fine, wherever you are. Celebrate the Eid peacefully. Enjoy together.” ALSO READ: Dale Steyn’s return inspires Russell Domingo

Bangladesh have a two-day holiday for the Eid. Eight players left the hotel to celebrate the festival while six others stayed back. The team will start practice on Monday. The first of the two Test matches against South Africa will begin on Tuesday at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Chittagong.

Bangladesh will be looking to perform well in the Tests after pulling off a spectacular One-Day International (ODI) series victory against the Proteas, winning the three-match series 2-1. The hosts managed to post a fitting reply after being thrashed in both the T20Is.