Tigers’ win amazes Ashraful

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:51, Oct 31,2016


Former Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful said on Monday that he felt amazing after Bangladesh beat England within three days in the second Test match at Mirpur on Sunday.
Bangladesh, known as the perennial loser in the Test arena since they start their journey in the arena back in 2000, clinched their most famous victory beating England by 108 runs.
It was the 95th Test match for Tigers and only their eighth win but it was something special as among the other seven five came against weak Zimbabwean side and two against a second-string West Indies side.
This was also the first win for Tigers against England after they lost the nine previous Tests against the side.
Ashraful, who has played 61 Test matches, the highest so far by any Bangladeshi, has seen the ignominies of the Tigers in the longer-format game.
‘It’s amazing’, said the man who has just returned to cricket after serving three-year ban.
‘We were used to lose in three days, now it is other way round. It’s great,’ Ashraful told New Age.
Ashraful thought that the recipe to keep on the improvement is to play more on more Test matches.
He was also happy to know that Bangladesh will play some Tests in next season and thought good performance there will bring more opportunities for them.
The 32-year old former captain felt the lack of practice of playing in different kind of wickets often exposed them in different parts of the world and hailed Tigers for adjusting well in the tough condition.
Ashraful thought that the Tigers are doing very well but they have to do better specially in the foreign conditions.
The Tigers in December will tour to New Zealand, a country with contrasting weather and condition to Bangladesh, and the former captain thought they must prepare hard despite Bangladesh Premier League will be held from November.
‘We have to prepare during BPL, which is important. We must do well in New Zealand.’
Ashraful also thought Bangladesh must make some long term plan for World Cup 2019 as that will be staged in England, the place which offered toughest conditions for Tigers in past.
However, he hailed the new generation cricketers for their skill and smartness.
He thought if they can keep it Bangladesh will become a force to reckon with in near future.
‘The new players are doing fantastic. Soumya Sarkar did well, Sabbir Rahman has been doing well, now we have Miraz [Mehedi Hasan], we must keep it. ‘
Ashraful hailed Mehedi Hasan, the 19-year old off-spinner, who grabbed 19 wickets in the two-Test series including 12 in Dhaka to spin Bangladesh to their most famous vicory.
‘He was very consistent. He bowled in the right spot all day long. He has very good temperament. He has a great future ahead of him’. 

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