West Indies v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Grenada, 4th day July 20, 2009

This is our biggest achievement - Shakib

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Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh's stand-in captain, has hailed the series win over West Indies as his country's most significant achievement since being granted Test status in 2000.

"In our nine years, this is the biggest thing that has happened to Bangladesh cricket," Shakib said after a makeshift West Indies were downed in the series with a four-wicket loss in Grenada. "This series victory will give a boost to our confidence, and will help to take us to the next level, and with God's help, we shall go forward.

"There was not too much pressure on us [on Monday], since the boys have been playing really, really well. It was a good victory." The team will receive a bonus of US$214,000, which is more than seven times what the board usually gives for a Test series win.

Shakib was a shoo-in for Man of the Match after taking eight wickets - five in West Indies' second innings - and hitting an unbeaten 96 from just 97 deliveries to seal Bangladesh's first overseas series win. Bangladesh were stumbling on 67 for 4 during the afternoon session but Shakib and Raqibul Hasan (65) added 106. This was only Bangladesh's third win in 61 Tests.

The tour went ahead against the backdrop of chaos and controversy as major West Indies players withdrew as a result of the continuing impasse between the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players Association over contracts. A replacement squad was drafted in on the eve of the first Test in St Vincent but Bangladesh won there and repeated their success in the second Test emphatically.

Floyd Reifer, who was appointed captain at short notice, identified West Indies' second innings as the turning point for defeat. "We had a good opportunity to win the game in the second innings, but we did not bat too well," he said. "We always knew we needed around 280 runs to have a fighting chance to win the game and we fell way short.

"It is pretty difficult to defend a victory target of 215. All they needed was one good partnership to have a good chance. But I felt [Darren] Sammy bowled well, and our guys tried very hard, but it was a tough game."

Spin accounted for 15 of 20 West Indian wickets in the first Test and 18 in Grenada and Reifer addressed the frailty. "In our domestic first-class competition, the spinners get the most wickets every year," he said. "This is something we will have to examine closely as players, as coaches, and try to work out the best way to play spin bowling."

The teams now play three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international. "There are many positives we can take away from the Tests, and take into the one-day international series, so we shall be positive and look to win the series," said Reifer.

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  • nikes222 on July 23, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    You beat a West Indies b team and claim that you have proved to the world about your capabilities. Bangladesh may have got a morale boost, but still much is wrong..there are many talented youngsters. in the team including Sakhib, who i think would have been a sure selection in any test squad. There is a need to build this team and hope that they start winning consistenly against top quality opposition..cricket needs more competition for its survival....

  • degiant on July 22, 2009, 18:43 GMT

    Shakid is right, this is the biggest achievement for Bangladesh, so congrats to them. Even though this was a weak WI team it was still test cricket. When Bangladesh played strong teams they usually lose. Playing a weak Zimbabwe team the had only one victory. Now playing a weak WI team the got two victories, this brings a total of THREE victories in their history. With TWO or their three victories in the last series why is it not their greatest achievement, just give them their due.I am from the WI and when we got our first win it was against Eng second team, the other team was touring at the same time and even Eng won five tests against an Aus third eleven in 1977 ashes and nobody is saying anything about it because it was TEST CRICKET

  • Sorwer on July 22, 2009, 18:00 GMT

    I think Bangladesh have beaten South Africa in the last ODI world cup. Bangladesh also have beaten Australia in a triangle ODI series in the UK and that time Australia was number 1. I am sure Bangladesh will beat frequently all strong first string team like South Africa, Australia, England both ODI and Test series. Best of luck- Bangladesh Cricket Team.

  • m7floyd on July 22, 2009, 14:00 GMT

    Shakib please don't embarrass your self. You played 2nd WI team. The bigges achivement would be beating number one team (south africa at that time) in world cup 2nd round. Congratulations anyway.

  • Bandelero on July 22, 2009, 13:08 GMT

    The Bangladeshi side played against a 4th string west Indies side so this cannot be big had they played against the likes of chanderpaul, sarwan, bravo, taylor, gayle then i would say it is a big victory the only 2 players on that side worthy of playing with the WI first string side took 5 wicket hauls and one of them was playing his first test match i am sure Bangladesh will lose the trophy to the WI when they play the return series.

  • WI_forever on July 22, 2009, 13:01 GMT

    Congratulations to Sakib for winning the two tests as Captain. He is no doubt a far more better captain than Mashrafe - who just boasts himself and makes arrogant comments. This Series win actually does a lot to contribute to the reputation of Bangladesh Cricket; but a little to their performance improvement. This WI team is comparable to second class - maybe even worse than county clubs of England - not winning against them should have been declared to be punishable.Now that the strike has ended - if WI plays with full strength team ,the ODI matches will be really interesting to see. The sports journalists in Bangladesh are covering this win as whitewash - but the ignorants do not know that in series of two tests whitewash is never defined.

  • Sorwer on July 22, 2009, 6:19 GMT

    This is the biggest attack for the ICC president, David Morgan who criticized Bangladesh's Test status. Although the Cricket has 100+ years history,The Cricket haven't popularized yet because of this type of men. They always forget that many strong team have their weakened history. They are enemy of cricket. They should quit from cricket operations.

  • SGBatsForever on July 22, 2009, 4:31 GMT

    Congratulations to Shakib and the Tigers. In him we finally have a world-class player and Bangladesh's first test-quality captain. The captaincy should have gone to him on merit. However, Mashrafe was the sentimental favorite based on seniority. This should be the fillip that Bangladesh cricket has been waiting for since achieving Test status in 2000. One thing to note is that only one series after dropping Ashraful as captain, BD cricket is on the rise. BCB should give Ashraful one more chance to retain his place in the side through the one day series in the West Indies. If he fails again then Aftab, Kapali or Nafees and the other ICL returnees must be given a chance against Zimbabwe.

  • emmwill on July 22, 2009, 3:59 GMT

    Biggest achievement? Ridiculous statement, Shakib! It would have been the biggest if you were playing against the WI stars. On what other basis is this the biggest achievement in Bangladesh cricket history? One should make such statements after due consideration is given to the quality of the opposition, pitch, etc. Given the fact that Bangladesh played against a third or fourth WI 11, at best, this is hardly their "biggest achievement". Nevertheless, I must say congrats for winning the series!

  • Shawrav on July 21, 2009, 23:47 GMT

    Just for the information,

    Sakib is already the NO 1 ODI All rounder and No 4 Test all rounder of the world.

    For more details, see the ICC Ranking

    http://www.iccreliancerankings.com/odi/all-rounder/rankings.php

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