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February 3, 2005
While making this announcement, Reazuddin Al Mamun, a BCB advisor and chairman of the media committee, said that the cricketers had fully earned the bonus through their historic success. Bangladesh's 1-0 triumph in the Test series ended their barren run of 34 Tests without a win and they followed that with a scintillating comeback in the one-day series where they won 3-2 after losing the opening two games.
The BCB also rewarded Dav Whatmore, the Bangladesh coach, Robbie Hunt, the physio, and the trainer Stuart Karppinen with 300,000 Takas each (approx US$5000) while Latif Khan, the manager, and Nasir Ahmed, the computer analyst, well receive half that amount.
Habibul Bashar, the Bangladesh captain, was elated with this financial bonus and thanked the board for recognising their performance. He told The Daily Star: "We tasted our maiden Test and one-day series victory against Zimbabwe which was an occasion to savour in the history of Bangladesh's cricket."
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