When Akbar Ali and his teammates left Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP) about two months ago for the ICC Under-19 World Cup, little did they know, they would return home as World Champions.
They had the belief and they did it. And since returning, they have been greeted with grand welcomes everywhere. And it was the same when Akbar returned to BKSP with five of his teammates to play for the BCB XI against Zimbabwe in a practice match.
'We are proud' - read a banner with photos from BKSP disciples who were in the World Cup-winning U-19 side. The youngsters turned into the centre of attraction there and among them, Akbar was in the limelight.
Akbar though has found BKSP to be the same serene home. Akbar has already shown his ability to keep his emotions on a check and in this case, the scenario was no different.
"Nothing special. I am feeling the way I felt about coming to BKSP previously," said Akbar.
But BKSP's cricket chief Masud Hasan is delighted with Akbar's side's glory and for him, their return to BKSP this time around is very different.
"Akbar had leadership qualities since the early days. He would not talk much but would understand everything quickly. Their success gives me the feeling of being a World Champion," Masud said.
Akbar had started his path of cricket in BKSP's Dinajpur regional centre. He was there for three years before he moved to BKSP's main campus at Savar.
The other five players who were selected to feature for the BCB XI were Shoriful Islam, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Parvez Hossain Emon, Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Shahadat Hossain.