Bangladesh's star cricketer Mehedy Hasan Miraz on Wednesday joined hands with UNICEF as the national cricketer was officially announced 'UNICEF Child Rights Advocate' to support the children of Bangladesh.
The announcement was made at a media briefing at the Press Conference room of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur in presence of BCB and UNICEF officials.
Being the advocate for promoting child rights, Miraz will work with UNICEF to promote child rights and create mass awareness in the areas of nutrition, health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene and child protection. He follows the footsteps of his illustrious colleague Shakib Al Hasan, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
"We are pleased that Mehedy Hasan Miraz has given his consent to join us as a Child Rights Advocate to promote children's issues. Given his huge fan following in the national and international cricketing arena and strong interest in children's issues, I am certain that he will become a powerful child rights advocate and will be able to contribute significantly to amplify the voice of disadvantaged and marginalized children of Bangladesh," said Edouard Beigbeder, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh.
"Given the immense popularity of cricket in this country, cricketers are seen as national idols. When they speak, the country listens. We are, therefore, confident that the voice of Mehedy Hasan Miraz can be used to secure the rights of children of this country," he added.
Meanwhile, BCB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nizam Uddin Chowdhury in a message said: "From the BCB, we always encourage the engagement of cricketers in social causes. As an emerging cricket icon, Miraz can certainly make contributions for the betterment of children in Bangladesh."
Mehedy Hasan Miraz is a member of the Bangladesh national team selected to represent the country in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He is considered one of the best all-rounders of the team. Miraz captained the under-19 team and led Bangladesh in the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He became the first Bangladeshi player to win a Man of the Series award on debut in the Test series against England in 2016.