Bangladesh national cricket team returned to Dhaka yesterday following a historic New Zealand tour where they secured their first Test victory.
They eventually drew the two-match Test series, making it their most prolific series in their cricket history. This was Bangladesh’s first drawn Test series in a country that is well outside of Asia.
Bangladesh won the first Test by eight wickets at Mount Maungunai, thanks to a six for 46 from fast bowler Eabot Hossain in the second innings and lost the second one by an innings and 117-run in Christchurch.
Earlier, Bangladesh drew a Test series in Sri Lanka. Apart from Zimbabwe, they had won a Test series in West Indies in 2009 but that was a team, severely depleted in the absence of their most of the key players, making the team a second string side.
Bangladesh however was first Asian nation since 2010 to win a Test in New Zealand and having done so, they also snapped New Zealand 17-match unbeaten run at home.
Team director Khaled Mahmud and experienced campaigner Mushfiqur Rahim, meanwhile, arrived in the country two days early. The rest of the players and staff reached today.
The eight-wicket victory in the first Test will certainly boost the morale of the side ahead of a year which will pose tough challenges as they will play outside of Asia more often than not.
The cricketers will get busy as the upcoming (BPL) is set to begin on January 21.
The Tigers then host Afghanistan for three ODIs and two T20Is in February-March before embarking on a trip to South Africa after almost five years for three ODIs and two Tests.