Today marks the 17th death anniversary of Ataul Haq Mallik, renowned sports commentator and a recipient of the National Sports Award. This spectacular sports personality died on this day in a road mishap on Dhaka airport road in 2001. On this occasion, his family and various organizations have taken various programs.
Mallik was born on 4 June 1940 in a respectable Muslim family of Howrah district of West Bengal. He was a sports journalist, commentator, international football referee and cricket umpire.
Ataul Haq Mallik played soccer and cricket for various clubs of Dhaka, from 1953 to 1982. Mallik marked his debut in cricket as umpire in 1959, in volleyball as referee in 1969, in football as referee in 1970, and in hockey as umpire in 1972. He achieved the FIFA badge as a football referee in 1984.
Since 1972, he started acting as a sports commentator on Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television (BTV). Being an umpire and referee, he was quite fluent and confident about the technical terms of the commentary. He chose the sports journalism as profession. He also had had great reputation as a first-class cricketer and sports organizer.
He had a lot to offer to Bangladesh. But due to that road accident Bangladesh has been deprived from his contribution. It is unfortunate that we are losing our citizens including potential and influential personalities like him in road accidents.
On his death anniversary, we remember him with respect.